Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 11, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Highway 52 lane closures planned north of Cannon Falls March 15 for CapX2020

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 52 motorists north of Cannon Falls will encounter lane closures on Tuesday, March 15 while workers remove guard structures, jersey barriers, and signs for the CapX2020 powerline project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

The work is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday on Highway 52 near Dakota County Road 86 with lane closures in both directions. The highway will remain open during the daylong effort. If weather postpones the work, it will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 16.

This will be the last traffic disruption along Highway 52 for several months.

The next crossing of Highway 52 is scheduled in mid-May south of Cannon Falls near Goodhue County Road 14. MnDOT will alert motorists in advance of that work.

There are eight CapX2020 crossings of Highway 52 . Four crossings have been completed. The four remaining crossings – the crossing south of Cannon Falls and three near Hampton – will be completed by early summer.

The first crossing was completed in mid-December. Helicopters assist workers who are stringing wire between the poles along Highway 52. 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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