Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

March 30, 2018

Public open house April 4 to learn about Rochester, Olmsted County, MnDOT construction

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The public is invited to Rochester City Hall on April 4 to learn about city of Rochester, Olmsted County and Minnesota Department of Transportation 2018 road and bridge construction projects.

It’s the first time the three organizations will present their information together for the public. The open house is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 104 at Rochester City Hall, 201 Fourth St. SE. There, people can talk with representatives from the city of Rochester, Olmsted County and MnDOT about projects, gather information about road and bridge construction projects and learn how to stay connected with updates and information.

“Good things come in threes,” said Jeff Vlaminck, MnDOT District 6 Engineer. “Public engagement is a key part of our projects, and by reaching out to the public with our partners in the city and county, we can give the public a good head start on the construction season with good information to help them make good driving decisions.”

At the open house, members of the public can review maps, learn about construction timelines and gather details about key projects in the region that might disrupt their daily commutes or summertime travels.

“Information is key for those who use our transportation system and this is another way we’re reaching out to them to continue the ongoing dialogue about improvements taking place this summer,” said Kaye Bieniek, Olmsted County Engineer.

The city of Rochester, Olmsted County and MnDOT all have projects this summer that include construction of roundabouts and road closures. Two key messages will include information about the safety of roundabouts and why motorists should not venture past road closed signs.

“Safety is part of all of our cultures and we’ll have information and people available at the open house to help the public further understand that importance and the role they can play each day in ensuring safety through work zones,” said Richard Freese, Rochester Public Works Director.

Motorists should always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.  For real-time traffic information in Minnesota, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.