Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Getting around the south end of Rochester should be a bit easier come Monday morning.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the northbound Highway 63 ramp to northbound Highway 52 will reopen in time for the morning commute on Monday.

The ramp provides a key route for commuters and other motorists traveling north into Rochester or continuing north on Highway 52 to the Twin Cities. Motorists entering northbound Highway 52 from northbound Highway 63 will also use a new third lane that was built to improve safety. Highway 52 traffic will use the other two lanes at the merge point.

According to MNDOT, it’s the fifth busiest interchange in Greater Minnesota with an average daily traffic of 74,000 vehicles.

Last week, a ramp from southbound Highway 63 two northbound Highway 52 reopened, but traffic on Highway 52 at the interchange remains restricted to a single lane in each direction until crews remove the crossover lanes built for the $4.2 million dollar bridge deck replacement project. That work is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Lane closures will remain in place on Highway 63 while painting work on the bridges continues.


While motorists on the south side of Rochester will experience some relief from road work, the opposite will be occurring in north Rochester. North Broadway from 48th street to 55th street will be closed to traffic beginning Monday for regrading and paving as part of the $33 million dollar 55th street extension project.

The section of North Broadway is expected to remain closed for about two weeks.

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