End of the road for troublesome Hwy 52 intersection

It may be a pain for residents of Pine Island, Minnesota, but the words “good riddance” were invented precisely for the closing of the disaster-waiting-to-happen intersection of U.S. Highway 52 in the city.

It was closed yesterday as part of the effort to make 52 a rootin’ tootin’ freeway, the Rochester Post Bulletin says.

You’ll still be able to exit Highway 52 from the north, but you won’t be able to enter to the north, which required crossing the southbound lanes.

It’s been the scene of 26 accidents in the last decade, one of them fatal.