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Civic Center Drive to be closed from 4th Avenue NW to 8th Avenue NW and 4th Street NW to 6th Street NW for extended period of time

Post Date:08/30/2019 7:54 AM

August 30, 2019 - ROCHESTER, MINN. – Civic Center Drive NW will be completely closed to traffic in both directions from 4th Avenue NW to 8th Avenue NW beginning at 6pm on September 6, 2019. Crews will be working 24/7 until work is complete. Work is expected to take 10-14 days minimum.  This unexpected closure is due to unforeseen underground conditions that impact the utility installation across Civic Center Drive at 6th Avenue NW as originally planned.

Traffic detours will be posted and include:

  • 7th Street NW via 4th Avenue NW and 11th Avenue NW
  • Center Street West via 3rd/4th Avenues NW and 11th Avenue NW
  • Local traffic only on Civic Center Drive from 8th Avenue NW to 11th Avenue NW
  • Local traffic only on Civic Center Drive from 4th Avenue NW to the temporary entrance to Southern Minnesota Auto Supply/Auto Value Rochester

Chris Petree, Director of Public Works shared, “We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we make the necessary adjustment to move forward with this project.  We are aware of the inconvenience and crews will be working as diligently as possible to get the road re-opened.”

Rochester Public Transit (RPT) routes are not affected. Traffic congestion due to detours may cause longer travel times and delays in some transit service.

Impacts pedestrian traffic are not expected.

This closure is necessary to facilitate the installation of utilities under Civic Center Drive NW as part of the 6th/7th Avenues NW/SW Reconstruction Project. Crews were intending to install water main and sanitary sewers under Civic Center Drive NW by boring in order to minimize impacts to this corridor but have encountered unforeseen underground conditions that will not allow the street to remain open.  

Click here for a digital version of this release and map.

Click here to learn more about the 6th Avenue/7th Avenue Reconstruction Project.


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