Final Traffic Signal Between Rochester and St. Paul to be Removed Tuesday

Created: 08/29/2014 3:31 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Weather has delayed the removal of the final traffic signal on Highway 52 between Rochester and St. Paul. It is now set to be taken down Tuesday, September 2.

A new interchange and local access roads will also open in that same area in Cannon Falls, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The $14.3 million safety project at the interchange of Hwy 52 and Goodhue County Road 24 has been under construction since July 2013 and is expected to be finished by October. Along with the new interchange, County Road 24 was realigned and new frontage roads were constructed. Two intersections with signals and four intersections without signals on Hwy 52 were eliminated.

One signal on the south end of Cannon Falls was removed in July as work on the highway ramp at that interchange progressed. The remaining intersection controlled by a traffic signal stayed open during the construction work, but is slated for closure on Tuesday.

The two signaled intersections that are closing were the scenes of 124 crashes, including three serious injury crashes and one fatal crash from 2004-2013.

Seven miles south of Cannon Falls, construction continues on an interchange at Hwy 52 and Goodhue County Road 9, which MnDOT says will provide safe crossing for motorist on County Road 9 and improved exit and acceleration lanes for drivers on Hwy 52. That project is slated to be completed later this fall.

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