Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

.April 22, 2016

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UPDATE: Hwy 52 lane closures, delays planned, rescheduled for CapX2020

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 52 motorists north of Hader will have traffic lane closures on Monday, April 25 while workers install guard structures and barriers for CapX2020 powerline work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

On Monday, April 25, guard structures, barriers and signs will be moved to a location south of Cannon Falls. Work just north of Goodhue County Road 14 and Highway 52 will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Lane restrictions in both directions will be in effect during this work for the safety of motorists and workers. If work is postponed because of weather, it will be retried on Tuesday, April 26.

Another portion of the project has been postponed until Saturday April 30. Then,
workers will be dropping overhead guy wires, which will require very brief traffic delays on Highway 52 between Goodhue County Road 1 and Goodhue County Road 14. Traffic will be slowed in advance of the work before each wire cutting. A worker will cut the wire and then pull it across the highway. Traffic will resume after the wire is off the roadway each time. Work is expected to last through the morning. This work was originally planned for Tuesday, Aug. 26.

CapX2020 crosses Highway 52 eight times, which requires traffic stoppages when the helicopter aids in the pulling of rope between the powerline poles. 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.

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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