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News Release
April 25, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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Hwy 14 reconstruction project in Rochester begins May 2



ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Hwy 14 between Hwy 52 and Marion Road through Rochester beginning Monday, May 2, as crews begin reconstructing the highway.


The Hwy 14 reconstruction project will include new traffic signals at Third Avenue, Eighth Avenue, 11th Avenue and Marion Road. The project also will include adding bike lanes and landscaping, resurfacing the road and closing multiple access points to improve the overall safety of Hwy 14.


In addition, crews will install fiber-optic cable along Hwy 14 from Hwy 52 to Rochester Community and Technical College. The fiber-optics will improve telecommunication for MnDOT, Olmsted County and Rochester, as well as interconnect the new traffic signals and service to the existing and newly installed traffic cameras.


North side access will be closed periodically throughout the project at Fourth Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Sixth Avenue, Seventh Avenue, Eighth Avenue and 9 ½ Avenue. The closures are necessary as crews conduct underground utility work. Access will be maintained to all businesses and residents at these intersections.


Rochester Sand and Gravel, a division of Mathy Construction, is the prime contractor for this $5.9 million project, scheduled to be completed in early August, weather permitting.


For more information about the Hwy 14 reconstruction project, visit


Motorists should be advised that Olmsted County’s 37th Street Northwest/County Road 22 resurfacing project from Hwy 63 to Hwy 52, will begin as soon as spring load restrictions are lifted. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes during peak traffic hours.


MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.


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