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News Release
May 27, 2011




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


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Third Avenue Southeast lane closure in Rochester begins May 31




ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists will experience single-lane traffic on southbound Third Avenue Southeast from 11th Street Southeast to just south of 12th Street Southeast beginning Tuesday, May 31.

The lane closure is necessary while crews conduct curb work at the corner of Third Avenue Southeast and Highway 14.

Both lanes will be open by mid-June, weather permitting.

All lanes will be open on South Broadway from 3-6 p.m. during the Third Avenue Southeast lane closure to help alleviate congestion out of the downtown area.

The curb work is part of the Highway 14 reconstruction project, which 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, installing fiber-optic cable, resurfacing the road and closing multiple access points to improve the overall safety of Highway 14.

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

For more information about the Highway 14 reconstruction project, visit

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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