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Temporary Highway 52 detour in Rochester scheduled in one week


Tue, Apr 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – In one week, motorists will encounter a temporary three-day detour on Highway 52 at 55th Street Northwest in Rochester as demolition work takes place on the bridge over the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.



At 9 p.m., Friday, May 2, 55th Street Northwest will be closed at Highway 52. No traffic will be allowed to cross the highway or turn onto the highway. Then at 10 p.m., Highway 52 will be closed in both directions. The closure could be in effect through 6 a.m., Monday, May 5, however, if construction crews are able to open the roadways sooner, they will do so.



55th Street NW traffic will be detoured to 41st Street NW and the east and west frontage roads to reach local destinations.

Northbound and southbound Highway 52 traffic will be routed up and down the ramps at 55th Street. Traffic signals at the ramps will be kept green to improve traffic flow. Traffic signals along the detour routes will also be adjusted for timing to reflect the changes in traffic.

The closure is necessary for motorist and construction crew safety while a portion of the southbound side of the bridge that spans Highway 52 is removed.



Reconstruction of the Highway 52 bridge at 55th Street NW began April 14. Work includes the widening of the bridge to the south and reconstruction of the outside lanes of 55th Street from the West Frontage Road of Highway 52 to Bandel Road on the east side. The improvements are being made to improve traffic flow on 55th Street and the Highway 52 ramps.

The $4.7 million city of Rochester project is being done through joint cooperation between the city, Olmsted County and MnDOT. Work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.

Look for updates from the city of Rochester, as well as MnDOT in the next week as reminders prior to the demolition work.

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.

For Minnesota statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.

Pay attention! One-in-four crashes blamed on driver distraction

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The chance of getting stopped for thumbs on the phone increased as Minnesota law enforcement agencies across the state focused on distracted driving education and enforcement April 11-20. Nearly 400 Minnesota agencies are added ex ..... 
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Poll shows majority of Minnesotans oppose increased frac sand mining & favor two-year moratorium for SE MN Earth Day frac sand event at the State Capitol

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WINONA, Minn. - Over half of Minnesota voters oppose increased frac sand mining in the state, and 64 percent support a two-year moratorium in the karst areas of southeastern Minnesota while potential environmental impacts are more fully assessed and ..... 
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Employment makes solid gains in March

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota employment rebounded with solid growth in March after a slow start to the year that might have been related to the state’s worst winter in three decades. DEED announced today that Minnesota added 2,600 jobs in March, while the unemployme ..... 
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MNsure selects Deloitte to oversee project management

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Following a competitive Request for Proposals process and a thorough review period, MNsure has selected Deloitte Consulting, LLP (Deloitte) to provide key project management support for the state’s health insurance marketplace. ..... 
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April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Mon, Apr 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On April 23, the U.S. will celebrate its first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD)! Created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie – directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, respectively – the canine-centric holiday aims ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - Motorcycles

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

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MnDOT seeks public input for statewide bicycle system plan

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan at one of nine meetings statewide. •April 23 in St. Cloud – Whitney Senior Ce ..... 
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Dresbach bridge ramp, rest area closure began April 15

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The westbound Interstate 90 off-ramp to southbound Highway 61 and the Dresbach rest area closed on April 15 as the Dresbach Bridge construction continues. Motorists traveling I-90 west from La Crosse, Wis., to Minnesota will enc ..... 
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