U.S. Highway 52 traffic delays postponed until Dec. 21
Scheduled traffic delays on U.S. Highway 52 north of Zumbrota for CapX2020 power line work has been postponed until Dec. 21.
Originally, the stoppages were planned for Wednesday. However forecasts indicate inclement weather, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation decided to hold off on the delays, according to a news release.
Brief traffic stoppages are scheduled beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 21 for crews to pull wires for the CapX2020 project across the highway a little north of Goodhue County Road 7 — otherwise known as Welch Road. If weather is uncooperative, then the stoppages would extend to Dec. 22. However, the work is supposed to be completed within a day.
During these delays, U.S. Highway 52 traffic will narrow to one lane in each direction and be temporarily stopped near Goodhue County Road 8. Traffic will stop from anywhere between five to ten minutes while a helicopter that's supporting the project hovers over the traffic lanes. This is expected to happen every 40 minutes to an hour.
Once complete, all traffic lanes will be reopened. These projects are the start of the six CapX2020 crossings planned for the Highway 52 during the next six months. Similar stoppages are planned as the project progresses north. Helicopters will assist during those times.
Motorists are asked by MnDOT to pay attention while driving and not to stop on the roadway or shoulder.