Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

.January 27, 2016

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CapX2020 work continues north of Zumbrota of Highway 52 on Jan. 28

Lane restrictions scheduled, short traffic delays planned

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 52 north of Zumbrota will see lane restrictions in each direction on Thursday, Jan. 28 for the CapX2020 power line as crews work on traffic safety equipment, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

The work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., Thursday, weather permitting. Contractors for the CapX2020 project will reduce traffic to single lanes in both directions on Highway 52 at Goodhue County Road 7 to remove guard structures where the power line crosses the highway. The lane closures will alternate sides for the work. At this section, traffic barriers will also be removed along the shoulder area.

While this is occurring, crews further north at Highway 52 and 415th Street – milepost 85 – will be installing guard structures and traffic barriers. Traffic will also be restricted to single lanes in each direction there. Work is expected to last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If weather is inclement, work will be postponed until Friday, Jan. 29.

Then, at about 9:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 1, traffic on Highway 52 at milepost 85 will be briefly stopped while a helicopter pulls rope over Highway 52 from one pole to the next pole. Once the helicopter has cleared the highway, traffic will resume. Past work has resulted in traffic delays of less than two minutes during each crossing of the highway. The helicopter is expected to pull rope across the highway four times at this site. This work is expected to last into the afternoon.

During the traffic delays, motorists will be directed to one lane in each direction in the area where the work is being done. When the helicopter is set to cross the highway, Minnesota State Patrol troopers will temporarily stop traffic and then release traffic when the helicopter has moved past the roadway.

If weather forces a delay in the work, MnDOT will update with a news release and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast).

There are eight CapX2020 crossings planned for Highway 52 through May. The first crossing was completed in mid-December. Similar lane closures and traffic delays will occur at those crossings as the work progresses north. Helicopters will be assisting workers stringing wire between the poles along Highway 52 during this time. Motorists are asked to pay attention to their driving and not stop on the roadway or shoulder.

For more information about the CapX2020 project, call 1-866-876-2869 or visit www.capx2020.com.

MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones:
•     Stay alert
•     Watch for signs, equipment and workers
•     Minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking
•     Avoid tailgating
•     Follow posted speed limits and directional signs
•     Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

About the CapX2020 Hampton-North Rochester project
Construction on the Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse 345 kV transmission line started north of Rochester in early 2013 and is expected to be complete in 2016. The transmission line will run between the new Hampton substation near Hampton, Minnesota, the new North Rochester substation north of Pine Island. It continues on to cross the Mississippi River near Alma, Wisconsin. Single steel pole structures for the 345 kV line are between 140 and 170 feet tall and spaced 800 to 1,000 feet apart.

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