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June 20, 2018

6/8/2018 12:38:00 PM
Nighttime bridge cleaning work on Highways 52, 63 in Rochester begins June 10

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Motorists will encounter Minnesota Department of Transportation crews

overnight June 10-14 on Highway 52 in Rochester and Highway 63 between Rochester and Stewartville

as more than 30 bridges are cleaned and inspected. Brief delays are expected at some bridges.

The Rochester crew will be conducting overnight work in the Highway 52 corridor through Rochester,

as well as Highway 63 south to Stewartville. The work begins Sunday, June 10 and runs through

Thursday morning, June 14. The daily cleaning begins at 8 p.m. and wraps up at 6:30 a.m. the following

day. The crew will clean more than 30 bridges in four nights.

Motorists will be alerted to the work using a variety of methods, such as arrow boards and changeable

message boards during the nighttime operation. The work areas will be heavily lighted during the

nighttime hours. There will be limited flagging operations will occur on areas where the driving lanes

are constricted areas such as Sixth Street South, the Highway 14 west and Civic Center access ramps. In

those areas, traffic slowdown are expected

The work is an annual effort to ensure that bridges are cleaned from the winter months and to identify

any small maintenance issues to ensure the long life of the structure.

During the process, MnDOT crews use fresh water in high pressure pumps to spray down the gutter

lines and joints, while also doing a visual inspection of each bridge, looking for damage and corrosion

that might have occurred from traffic and the elements during the winter months. The sand and other

material that accumulated during winter is swept up prior to the rinsing.

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 real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit, call 5-1-1 or log on to

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