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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester residents and visitors have something to celebrate.

City officials today announced the reopening of 2nd Street through downtown Rochester. Sections of it have been closed to traffic since last year for a major sanitary and stormwater improvement project designed to add capacity to support planned development in the downtown area and southeast Rochester.

Rochester Mayor Kim Norton states, “I appreciate the public’s patience throughout this important infrastructure project. Underground utility work is disruptive, especially when it impacts a major access point to downtown. In exchange for the inconvenience, we now will experience the benefits of infrastructure that can support our community for the next 75 years.”

While the traffic control barriers have been removed from the busy roadway, the parking lane and one traffic lane on the north side of 2nd Street Southwest from Broadway to 1st Avenue Southwest remain closed to allow for pedestrian access around construction activity.

The overall cost of the project was about $6.5 million. Officials say the added sanitary sewer capacity could allow for the addition of up to 10,000 more homes or businesses.

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