Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

.April 8, 2016

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Brief Hwy 52 traffic delays north of Zumbrota on April 10 for CapX2020

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 52 motorists north of Zumbrota will experience brief traffic delays Sunday morning, April 10 while workers conduct repairs on the CapX2020 powerline project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

The repair work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., Sunday on Highway 52 near the intersection of 420th Street, which is about 5 miles north of Zumbrota in Goodhue County.

The work requires a helicopter to hover over the lanes of Highway 52 for short periods of time, so traffic will be stopped in both directions during those instances. Each stoppage is expected to last approximately 3-5 minutes with 12 total stoppages expected until noon.

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). If weather postpones Sunday’s effort, another attempt will be made on Saturday, April 16.

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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