Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 52

Zumbrota to Cannon Falls

About this project

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

Summary of work

The most recent traffic changes and construction information can be found on the Updates page.

MnDOT’s construction project along Hwy 52 between Zumbrota and Cannon Falls began July 5, 2021. Year two of construction began April 21, 2022. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.

The work includes the following:

  • This project will reconstruct the southbound Hwy 52 lanes beginning 2.2 miles south of Hwy 19 in Cannon Falls and proceeding south to 1.2 miles north of Goodhue Co. Rd. 7 with access control improvements.
  • The bridges at the junctions of Hwy 60 (west) and Hwy 60 (east) near Zumbrota will be replaced. As well as the replacement of the Hwy 52 southbound bridge and rehabilitating the Hwy 52 northbound bridge over the Zumbro River.
  • A new interchange will be constructed to replace the existing at-grade intersection at Hwy 52 and Hwy 57 / Goodhue Co. Rd. 8 (Hader interchange).
  • Permanent Township roadway access closures to Hwy 52 will occur in conjunction with the roadway restrictions. These closures are permanent to improve long term safety along Hwy 52 by reducing uncontrolled intersection access. These access closures include:
    • 90th Ave.
    • 100th Ave.
    • 110th Ave.
  • Additional safety and access management measures will be implemented on the corridor including new frontage roads, reduced conflict intersections (RCIs) and construction of a new Goodhue Co. Rd. 14 connection on the north end of the project near Cannon Falls.

The construction schedule is on the Schedule page.

Construction impacts

  • Road closure and detours required.
  • Impacts to North Fork Zumbro River State Water Trail.
  • Impacts to resident, field and business access.
  • Bridge removal.
  • Vibration, noise and night work.
  • Utility work.

More construction projects are scheduled on the Hwy 52 corridor between Rochester and St. Paul through 2024.

Traffic impacts

Reminder

Oversize farm vehicles and equipment are not allowed on Hwy 52 beginning one mile north of County 1 Blvd. to 415th St. due to the head-to-head traffic configuration. Farm vehicles requiring access to land along Hwy 52 should seek an alternate route. If an alternate route is not available, please contact the Project Manager.

Lane closures and shifts on Hwy 52

  • Single lane traffic in each direction north of Zumbrota, near Hwy 57 interchange construction, on Hwy 52 from April 21 to November 2022
    • Traffic between Goodhue Co. Rd. 50 and just past Hwy 57 at Hader is traveling in the southbound lanes.
    • Traffic between Goodhue Co. Rd. 1 to just north of Hwy 57 at Hader is traveling in the northbound lanes.
  • Three crossover spots and head to head traffic on Hwy 52 between County 1 Blvd. and County 50 Blvd. from April 21 to July 2022
    • Hwy 52 is single lane in each direction beginning one mile north of County 1 Blvd. and extending to 415th St.
    • Motorist can expect single lane closures and lane shifts for approximately 6.3 miles. Signs will give advance notice of lane changes.
  • Single lane traffic in each direction one-half mile north and south of the Hwy 60 east interchange on Hwy 52 from May 9 to September 2022 while the Hwy 52 southbound bridge over Hwy 60 east is being replaced
  • Two crossover spots and head to head traffic on Hwy 52 between County 1 Blvd. and County 50 Blvd. from July to November 2022
    • Motorist can expect single lane closures and lane shifts. Signs will give advance notice of lane changes.

Detours to and from Hwy 52

  • Co. Rd. 9 detour from April 21 to November 2022
    • Motorists traveling southbound on Hwy 52 exits at County 1 Blvd. to access Co. Rd. 9.
    • Motorists traveling westbound on Co. Rd. 9 will utilize County 1 Blvd. to connect to Hwy 52 southbound.
  • Co. Rd. 8 detour from April 21 to November 2022
    • Motorists traveling southbound on Hwy 52 exit at Co. Rd.1, and travel south to connect to Co. Rd. 8 on the west side of Hwy 52, or travel south on Co. Rd. 1 to Co. Rd. 9 east to connect to Co. Rd. 8 on the east side of Hwy 52.
    • Motorists traveling on Hwy 52 north exit at Co. Rd. 9, and travel east to connect to Co. Rd. 8, or travel west, head southbound on County 1 Blvd. to connect to Co. Rd. 8.
  • Hwy 57/Co. Rd. 8 detour from April 21 to November 2022 for interchange construction
    • Motorists traveling northbound on Hwy 52 exit at Hwy 60 west to connect to Hwy 57.
    • Motorists traveling on Hwy 57 travel to Hwy 60 east to connect to Hwy 52.
  • Hwy 60 east to southbound Hwy 52 detour from May 9 to September 2022 for replacement of southbound Hwy 52 bridge at Hwy 60 east interchange south of Zumbrota
    • Motorists traveling west on Hwy 60 east to southbound Hwy 52 will use northbound Hwy 52 to the Hwy 58 interchange, cross over the highway and return to southbound Hwy 52.
  • Hwy 57/Co. Rd. 8 detour from May 24 to late October 2022 for interchange construction
    • Motorists on southbound Hwy 52 will exit at County 50 Blvd. (Co. Rd. 50) to connect to Hwy 57 westbound.
  • Co. Rd. 14 access to Hwy 52 closes on Monday, June 27. Construction of the Goodhue Co. Rd. 14 frontage road and cul-de-sacs is anticipated to be complete the third week of July 2022.
    • From June 27 to the third week of July, a detour will be in place: On Co. Rd. 14 south of 57th St., the signed detour route will be south to Co. Rd. 9. To access Hwy 52 north, the entrance ramp from Co. Rd. 9 to Hwy 52 is open. To access Hwy 52 south, take Co. Rd. 1 north to access Hwy 52 south (Co. Rd. 1 is just west of Hwy 52 on Co. Rd. 9). Motorists on Hwy 52 who want to connect with Co. Rd. 14 can use these routes.
    • Later this summer, Co. Rd. 14 access to Hwy 52 will close permanently. Motorists will access Hwy 52 the following way: Motorists traveling from Co. Rd. 14 to northbound or southbound Hwy 52 will utilize Co. Rd. 14 north to County 24 Blvd. to the Hwy 52 interchange.