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Hwy 52 Southbound Improvements



Open house set for March 4 in Zumbrota for Hwy 52 southbound reconstruction project

You are invited to an open house on Wednesday, March 4 in Zumbrota to learn the latest updates for the reconstruction and safety improvements of southbound Hwy 52 from just south of Cannon Falls to just north of Zumbrota.

Representatives from MnDOT and its consultants will be on hand to answer questions and provide information from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 4 in the Zumbrota VFW, 25 E. First St., Zumbrota.

People may drop by at any time during the open house to learn more about the project, offer feedback, and ask questions. Maps and information will be available. There will be no formal presentation. It will be an open house format to allow for more individual discussions and participants to come and go at times that best fit their schedules.

MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. We believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to enjoy the programs, services and activities we provide. If you feel you need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, such as an ASL or spoken language interpreter, or need documents in an alternate format, such as braille or large print, please contact: Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or e-mail ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

In case of severe weather, the event will be postponed to March 11, 5-7 p.m., at the Zumbrota VFW.

Thank you for your patience with the design process for the Highway 52 Southbound recommendations.

We have spent the past several weeks reviewing the proposed concepts and incorporating design enhancements into the working drawings of the intersection. Additionally, MnDOT hosted an independent engineering review of the County 7 intersection, with regard to existing conditions and available options. This was conducted by technical experts outside the project team, including a mix of outside engineering consultants, who are not part of the design team and MnDOT staff, who are not assigned to the project.

The intersection design evaluation provides an overview of our process in reviewing the various design options, including the advantages and disadvantages of each design that we considered. We encourage you to review the document.

Here are some key takeaways:

  • Two design proposals for the County 7 and Highway 52 intersection were considered. The second proposal includes a design (2A), which is a modification on the basic design.
  • Proposal #1 calls for a full access intersection + an immediate median U-turn lane near the intersection + gravel shoulder for slow-moving vehicles
  • Proposal #2 calls for a limited access intersection + southbound median acceleration lane
  • Proposal #2A calls for a full access intersection + southbound acceleration lane

About this project

  • Hwy 52 southbound improvements project map
    Hwy 52 southbound improvements project map

    The Highway 52 corridor has been identified in several major transportation planning studies for improvements.  One of them, the Highway 52 Interregional Corridor Management Plan, prompted the development of a vision to transition the highway to a freeway design with no direct access.

    In 2017, MnDOT received additional highway funds from the Minnesota Legislature.  Through public outreach, the public and those who have an interest or concern with our highways, were asked what their priorities would be if changes could be made.

    From that input, MnDOT developed investment priorities and selected a section of southbound Highway 52 to receive improvements.

    The project follows along Highway 52, from roughly 2 miles south of Cannon Falls and ends about 2 miles north of Zumbrota. 

    MnDOT is proposing the bridges at Highway 52 and Highway 60, both east and west, in Zumbrota to be replaced. 

    The junction of Highway 57/Goodhue County Road 8 and Highway 52 in Hader is being designated for an interchange.  During the design stage of the project, more safety and access management may be looked at and added.

    Project schedule (tentative, subject to change)

    • Preliminary design - summer of 2018 through the Fall/Winter of 2019. Current stage.
    • Construction - spring of 2021
    • Completion - fall of 2023.

Traffic impacts

Current traffic impacts

  • No current traffic impacts