Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 18, 2016

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Brief Hwy 52 delays near Hampton on May 20 for CapX2020 work

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 52 near Hampton will see brief, intermittent traffic delays in each direction on Friday, May 20 for the CapX2020 power line when a helicopter pulls rope over the highway between two poles, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

Work is expected to begin at approximately 10 a.m., Friday, on Highway 52 south of the Dakota County Road 47-Highway 52 interchange near Hampton. Work is expected to be completed by 2:30 p.m.

Traffic on Highway 52 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.

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 after 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 delays the work, the process will be tried again on Wednesday, May 25.

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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