Hwy 52 lanes, one northbound ramp to reopen at Hwy 63 in Rochester
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Traffic will begin traveling today, Oct. 25, on northbound Highway 52 lanes near Highway 63 in Rochester as the bridge deck replacement project nears completion, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Additionally, the ramp from southbound Broadway (Highway 63) to northbound Highway 52 is expected to open as well on Oct. 25.
These traffic changes signal the project is entering the home stretch to completion. Construction crews replaced both Highway 52 bridge decks and connected a third lane of Highway 52 north to the bridge.
Crews are painting the bridge steel and concrete. Highway 52 traffic will be single lane in both directions in the construction zone as crews remove the crossover lanes that have been used to move traffic off the route of the bridge deck that is being replaced. That’s expected to be completed later next week.
The northbound Highway 63 to Highway 52 northbound ramp remains closed, but should open next week. Traffic on that route will still detour south on Highway 52 to Olmsted County Road 1 to return in the opposite direction.
Highway 63 lane closures will remain as bridge painting continues. The southbound Highway 63 to southbound Highway 52 detour continues because of the bridge painting. Those motorists continue south on Highway 63, exit at 40th Street and return on northbound Highway 63 to take the southbound Highway 52 exit.
The $4.2 million project is replacing the Highway 52 bridge decks over Highway 63 and connecting Highway 52 north’s third lane to the bridge.
The prime contractor is Zenith Tech, Inc., of Waukesha, Wis. Overall, the project is expected to be completed in early November. To learn more about this project, go to MnDOT’s project page: www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy52-63-interchange/.
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.