Hwy 52 traffic delays anticipated during weekend Hwy 58 bridge demolition at Zumbrota
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Motorists on Highway 52 at Zumbrota are expected to experience traffic slow downs beginning in the evening, Friday, Oct. 13 through early Monday morning, Oct. 16 as crews demolish the old Highway 58 bridge over Hwy 52, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Crews will be taking the old bridge down and dropping portions into sand on Hwy 52. They are expected to remove the bridge by 5 a.m., Oct. 16 and reopen Hwy 52 to traffic. If work is completed earlier, the highway will open sooner.
During the demolition and cleanup, traffic on Hwy 52 will be routed up and down the interchange ramps and through the roundabouts at each side of the new bridge. Traffic is expected to slow through this point and could back up during busy travel times during the weekend. Motorists should plan for additional travel time or take an alternate route to avoid this section.
Hwy 58 traffic across the new bridge will be closed from 10 p.m., Friday and reopened at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14.
The work is part of the replacement of the Hwy 58 bridge over Hwy 52. The project will also improve connections for pedestrians and bicyclists across the bridge, traffic flow off of Hwy 52 and the length of the uphill acceleration lane onto southbound Highway 52. Completion of the project is scheduled for this fall.
Once the demolition is completed, crews will move on to finish repaving Hwy 52 this month.
Hoffman Construction Company of Black River Falls, Wis., is the prime contractor for the $5.6 million project.
Motorists interested in more information, may visit the MnDOT project website at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy58-bridge/index.html and sign up for email updates on the project.
Motorists should always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic information in Minnesota, call 511, visit www.511mn.org.
A number of construction projects are taking place this summer on the Hwy 52 corridor. To learn more about all of the work, visit the Hwy 52 corridor website: www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy52corridor/index.html