Work begins Monday on major downtown Rochester project
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – A major street/pedestrian project in downtown Rochester is scheduled to begin on Monday.
It’s called Discovery Walk and it will affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic for months.
The project completely redoes the stretch of 2nd Ave SW between the Plummer Building and Soldiers Field Park. It is a joint project involving the city and Destination Medical Center.
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Starting Monday, the section of 2nd Ave will be completely closed to traffic between 6th St. and the south side of the 5th St. intersection.
· The intersection of 6 Street SW and 2 Avenue SW will be closed to all traffic except the Med City Mover.
· The sidewalk on the west side of 2 Avenue SW from 6 Street SW to 5 Street SW will be closed. Pedestrian access will be via the sidewalk on the east side of 2 Avenue.
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This is the first phase of the project and is expected to continue until the end of June. Work on the project was originally scheduled to begin last year, but was delayed due to what the city said was a “unpredictable bidding environment” which affected the original project budget of $16 million.
So what is Discovery Walk?
According to the city:
The ultimate intention is for this to turn into a place to have lunch or work out over coffee, for families to take the kids to the fountains in the summer and the swings in the winter, and for residents to walk their dogs and engage with neighbors.
Here is the DMC description of the project:
Discovery Walk is a four-block linear walk through downtown Rochester, MN along 2nd Avenue SW that will serve pedestrians as well as vehicular traffic. This multipurpose public space and streetscape is the first of its kind in Rochester. The vision for this project is to create a high convenience landscaped road and utility reconstruction project in the middle of downtown that prioritizes the pedestrian experience while maintaining flexibility for bicycle access and to vehicles, civic events and supports future development.
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