Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 19, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 52 lane closures set at I-90 near Rochester for striping, sign work

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter single lane traffic in each direction on Highway 52 near the Interstate 90 interchange southeast of Rochester on Tuesday, Sept. 20 while crews paint new road striping and install new signs for a safety improvement project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The project will convert the existing four-lane section of Hwy 52 to a two-lane section through the I-90 interchange area, which is 6 miles southeast of Rochester.

For southbound Hwy 52 motorists, it will separate vehicles turning and continuing south. The project will assign the left lane as I-90 only (eastbound to La Crosse, Wis., and westbound to Austin) and add a dotted white line to notify motorists the lane is not a through lane. The right lane will be for motorists continuing south on Hwy 52 toward Chatfield. This should prevent rear end crashes caused when traffic backs up to await turning left onto the I-90 access ramps.

For northbound Hwy 52 motorists, the two-lane segment will be extended through the interchange area. By relocating the accelerating vehicles to the north of the interchange area, southbound motorists making a left turn will only have to cross one lane of traffic in each direction, instead of two lanes.

This area is scheduled for a repaving project in 2019, which gives MnDOT time to monitor traffic, analyze driver behavior and listen to comments. The design can be revised with the 2019 paving project, if deemed necessary.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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