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U.S. 63 traffic to be re-routed starting Monday

From staff reports

Drivers on U.S. 63 in south Rochester will encounter major traffic shifts Monday as the reconstruction project continues.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said that beginning Monday, northbound U.S. 63 traffic will detour at the U.S. 52 interchange so a new box culvert can be extended under the highway.

A newly constructed bypass on the east side of the highway will open for motorists traveling northbound on U.S. 63. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane, 24 hours a day, for two weeks, weather permitting.

There also will be roads reopening. MnDOT said the ramp from northbound U.S. 63 to southbound U.S. 52 will be reopened on Monday. However, the loop from northbound U.S. 63 to northbound U.S. 52 will close for reconstruction. This closure will be in effect for five weeks, weather permitting, MnDOT said.

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Traffic will be detoured south on U.S. 52 to the Olmsted County Road 1 interchange, where motorists can turn around and go northbound on U.S. 52. MnDOT recommends that drivers seek alternate routes.

In addition, the existing left lane closure on northbound U.S. 52 will switch to a right lane closure. This closure will last about five weeks, weather permitting.

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