Highway 52 Between Cannon Falls and Hampton Closed This Weekend
If you're heading to the Twin Cities from southeast Minnesota this weekend, here's a head's up that your trip will take you longer than normal.
That's because MnDOT announced that the stretch of Highway 52 (U.S. 52, to be more
precise) north of Cannon Falls to Hampton will be closed this weekend, from 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15. That's right, Highway 52 will be closed. As in, you can't drive through it. However, detours will be in place for both northbound and southbound lanes.
So, yes, you'll still be able to get to the Twin Cities and back from Rochester using good 'ol Highway 52.. But, it'll likely take you a lot longer. The detour routes are posted on the MnDOT website.
Here are the detour routes: If you're heading north from Rochester, you'll have to head east on Highway 19 at Cannon Falls, then north on Highway 20 and west on Highway 50 near Hampton. If you're heading south back to Rochester from the Twin Cities, you'll be detoured to Highway 50 at Hampton, then south on Highway 56 and east on Highway 19 to Cannon Falls.
You can check out a map of the detour HERE. So what's up with closing Highway 52? MnDOT says "it's part of the Dakota County Road 86 interchange at Highway 52 project. During the closure, workers will be setting bridge beams and replacing two culverts."
The road closing, though, is only if the weather cooperates. If we have bad weather, MnDOT says crews will close that stretch of Highway 52 next weekend.