Road costruction season

Construction work on 18th Avenue Northwest continues this summer.

Street construction season in Rochester starts Monday, when detour signs will start popping up like spring flowers.

Work on the 18th Avenue Northwest reconstruction project resumes Monday, closing the street from the 48th Street roundabout to the south entrance of the Rochester Assembly Church, according to Rochester Public Works.

Work remaining on the project, which started in 2017, includes installation of 300 feet of storm sewer, adding curbs and gutters, and paving the bike path and street. Trees and rain gardens will also be planted throughout the project corridor, with work expected to be completed in July.

A detour will be posted to send traffic around the work site along West River Parkway Northwest, from 37th Street to 55th Street, which is similar to the route used last year.

Another detour will be posted in Southeast Rochester to route traffic around the construction of a multiuse path along Highway 14 East.

Work is planned along the north side of Highway 14 from 15th Avenue SE to East Circle Drive and along College Drive Southeast from Highway 14 to 8½ Street. It starts Monday between 17th and 21st avenues, which is expected to limit access to the frontage road.

Other work will close shoulders and boulevard areas on the north side of Highway 14.

The detour being posted Monday will send traffic along the 8½ Street Southeast between 16th and 21st avenues.

The $1.2 million project seeks to enhance connections between Eastwood Plaza, Rochester Community and Technical College and the surrounding neighborhoods. The proposed path will connect three existing multi-use paths.

Work is also expected to be completed in mid-July.

Additional construction projects will likely be heating up in the near future.

Megan Moeller, communications coordinator for Rochester Public Works, said a construction meeting is scheduled for Monday to set a timeline resuming work on the Fourth Street Southwest reconstruction project. She said work will likely start in late April or early May.

Additionally, street and sewer upgrades are set to start next month on First Avenue Southeast, between First and Second streets.

Work to preserve the bridge at Seventh Street Northeast in the Silver Lake Park area is also expected to start in May, with the roadway being closed as work from the bridge to 11th Avenue Northeast adds buffered bike lanes and a new surface.

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