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News Release
May 6, 2011




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


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Highway 14 traffic switches in Rochester begin May 9



ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists will no longer be able to cross Highway 14 at Eighth Avenue Southeast beginning Monday, May 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The closure is necessary while crews conduct underground utility work.

Eighth Avenue Southeast will reopen to through traffic at the end of July, weather permitting.

The underground utility 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 $5.9 million project, scheduled to be completed in early August, weather permitting.

For more information about the Highway 14 reconstruction project, visit

Motorists should be advised that Olmsted County’s 37th Street Northwest/County Road 22 resurfacing project from Highway 63 to Highway 52 began May 2. 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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