Completed Hwy 52 northbound resurfacing project features safety improvements
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Resurfacing of the northbound Highway 52 lanes from north of Rochester to south of Cannon Falls has been completed, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The $7.3 million project that was completed by contractor Rochester Sand and Gravel repaved the northbound lanes north of Rochester to south of Cannon Falls except for stretches that are concrete.
Along with the road surface improvements, other noteworthy features for motorists include:
- Lengthened turn lanes. Nineteen turn lanes were lengthened from 300 feet to 500 feet, giving motorists a safer distance to slow before turning off of Hwy 52.
- Added cable median barrier. Cable median barrier was added on the southbound lanes in the Zumbrota to Pine Island area, which aids in the prevention of cross-median head-on crashes.
- Approximately 40 percent of the material used on the wide shoulder portions of the highway was recycled pavement. It allows the contractor to use up stockpiles of pavement millings from this and other projects and reduces the amount of new material needed, while not diminishing the quality of what’s used in the traveling lanes.
Southbound lanes south of Cannon Falls are scheduled for resurfacing next year. Some of the resurfacing work on southbound lanes was completed in 2016 in the Zumbrota to Pine Island area.
Motorists can find key information to plan ahead by reviewing MnDOT’s realtime road condition information at www.511mn.org or call 511.
Other construction projects continue this summer on the Hwy 52 corridor. To learn more about all of the work from Rochester to Rosemount, visit the Hwy 52 corridor website and sign up for email updates: www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy52corridor/index.html.
MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones: Stay alert, watch for signs, equipment and workers, minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking, avoid tailgating, follow posted speed limits and directional signs, and stay in one lane while driving through a work zone