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Traffic moves through the intersection of North Broadway Avenue and Seventh Street in Rochester.

The Rochester City Council split 4-3 Monday to approve spending $1.2 million in available state money to fill a funding gap to start reconstruction efforts on approximately 10 blocks of North Broadway Avenue.

The planned $19.2 million project, which stretches from Civic Center Drive to the bridge near Silver Lake, stalled when neighboring property owners balked at proposed assessments.

Since then, Public Works staff worked to base project assessments on expected benefits to each of the property owners, which reduced the amount the city plans to collect by $1.2 million.

To make sure the project can start next year, the council approved using state funds the city has available for street projects.

Council Member Nick Campion, who joined Michael Wojick and Patrick Keane in opposing the move, said he didn’t see a rush to start and asked for a delay to ensure the assessment process was sound and set a bad precedent for future projects.

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