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Phase 1 of the City Loop Construction Begins on May 4 to Improve Bicycle Safety and Access in Downtown Rochester
April 29, 2020 - ROCHESTER, MINN. – Construction on Phase 1 of the City Loop will begin on Monday, May 4, 2020. The goal of this Destination Medical Center (DMC) funded project is to provide safe and convenient bicycle access to and through downtown Rochester for all users.
Construction will begin with curb and gutter and pedestrian ramp work along 3rd Avenue SW and 4th Avenue SW from 6th Street SW to Civic Center Drive NW. Phase 1 of the project includes the addition of buffered bicycle lanes (separating bike lanes from adjacent motor vehicle travel lanes) along Center Street from 4th Avenue SW to the Zumbro River bridge and along both 3rd Avenue SW/NW and 4th Avenue SW/NW from Soldiers Field to 5th Street NW.
“The City of Rochester is working to implement a network of bicycle facilities in the downtown area that doesn’t currently exist,” said Dillon Dombrovski, Rochester City Engineer. “The implementation of the downtown bike network also includes making safety improvements to key bicycle entrances into downtown from residential neighborhoods adjacent to downtown and from the City’s extensive shared-use path network.”
“This enhanced bike network aligns with the DMC development plan encouraging more active transportation in the downtown core for residents, visitors and patients and provides a safe environment to accommodate all mobility modes for everyone while not losing lanes for vehicles,” said Lisa Clarke, executive director, DMC Economic Development Agency.
The estimated project cost is $1.6 million. The project will be funded with DMC state infrastructure funds.
Construction Impacts from Phase 1: Traffic will temporarily be reduced to one lane on both 3rd Avenue SW and 4th Avenue SW from 6th Street SW to Civic Center Drive NW in order to facilitate this work. Temporary pedestrian ramps or detours will be in place. This work is expected to last until May 22, 2020.
The project is expected to be complete in August.
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