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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Highway 52 at Highway 63 in Rochester has opened all lanes and ramps as the bridge deck replacement project wraps up, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
All the connecting ramps at the interchange in south Rochester opened this week and traffic lane restrictions were removed.
Sodding and seeding work was finished today (Nov. 3), marking the final details on a project that replaced the Highway 52 bridge decks and extended a third lane on northbound Highway 52 to motorists merging from northbound Highway 63.
The interchange is a key point for commuters in the region who work or live in Rochester, and it connects the region to Highway 52 north to the Twin Cities. The interchange is the fifth busiest interchange in Greater Minnesota with average daily traffic of 74,000 vehicles.
The $4.2 million project was completed Zenith Tech, Inc., of Waukesha, Wis. The improvements will lengthen the life of the bridges on Highway 52, as well as improve the safety for motorists who use the highway. 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.