The Minnesota Department of Transportation says work on the Highway 52 interchange in Cannon Falls will begin on Monday, April 24.

In a news release issued by the District 6 MnDOT office, they note the work at Goodhue County Road 24, "will have flaggers controlling traffic between roundabouts on the frontage roads and the highway ramps."

The construction work is being conducted to improve and repair the roadways and roundabouts at the interchange of Highway 52 exit 96.

According to the news release, "work is expected to be completed by late-May or early- June." Of course all of this is weather permitting.

"During the first stage, flaggers will control traffic between the roundabouts while crews remove the raised medians. Brief traffic delays will occur as flaggers allow alternating traffic to take turns safely passing."

They note some night work might also be done on the project. The bridge and highway ramps will remain open during the project.

MnDOT says they "will improve roundabout turning functionality for oversize vehicles" as part of the work.

You may have noticed the speed limit has gone up on some roads in southern Minnesota from 55 to 60 mph. The speed limits become official when the signs are put into place.

Highway 60 from Waterville to Zumbro Falls, Highway 13 from Albert Lea to Waseca, and Highway 56 from Randolph to the Iowa border are seeing increases along the two-lane segments.

These segments had to meet certain criteria to have their speeds increased.

In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature directed MnDOT to evaluate its two-lane 55 mph highways to determine whether speed limits could be "reasonably and safely increased."

The statewide study ends in 2019.

Hannahs Bend Park- Cannon Falls. Picture by Gordy Kosfeld October 11, 2016
Hannahs Bend Park- Cannon Falls. Picture by Gordy Kosfeld October 11, 2016

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