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First Avenue Northwest, east of Methodist Hospital, set to close as tunnel construction continues

Starting Monday, the street will be completely closed between West Center and First streets, directly east of the hospital campus.

Closure of First Avenue
Construction projects continue along First Avenue Northwest on Wednesday morning, March 30, 2022, in downtown Rochester. First Avenue will be closed from Center Street to First Street Northwest from April 4 through July 31, 2022, as construction work progresses.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER — Continued construction of tunnels to serve an eventual loading dock east of Mayo Clinic’s Methodist Hospital will close a block of First Avenue Northwest.

Starting Monday, the street will be completely closed between West Center and First streets, directly east of the hospital campus.

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The closure, which is expected to extend through July 31, makes way for continued construction of service, utility and pedestrian tunnels to connect the hospital to the planned loading dock facility, which will be constructed on the site of the former Days Inn.

The new facility will replace the existing hospital loading dock, which will be demolished as Mayo Clinic expands its proton beam therapy program in the nearby Jacobson Building.

Closure of First Avenue
Construction projects continue along First Avenue Northwest on Wednesday morning, March 30, 2022, in downtown Rochester. First Avenue will be closed from Center Street to First Street Northwest from April 4 through July 31, 2022, as construction work progresses.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

In addition to closing the block of First Avenue immediately north of West Center Street, the tunnel work will reduce First Avenue traffic to a single lane in each direction between northwest First and Second streets.

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Access to the existing Mayo Clinic loading dock will be maintained from First Street Northwest, and a temporary pedestrian access route will be installed along the east side of First Avenue Northwest, between West Center and First streets.

Closure of First Avenue
Construction projects continue along First Avenue Northwest on Wednesday morning, March 30, 2022, in downtown Rochester. First Avenue will be closed from Center Street to First Street Northwest from April 4 through July 31, 2022, as construction work progresses.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Randy Petersen joined the Post Bulletin in 2014 and became the local government reporter in 2017. An Elkton native, he's worked for a variety of Midwest papers as reporter, photographer and editor since graduating from Winona State University in 1996. Readers can reach Randy at 507-285-7709 or rpetersen@postbulletin.com.
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