Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Construction is scheduled to begin this week on a DMC project aimed at making downtown Rochester more “bike-friendly.”

The Rochester Public Works Department says Phase 1 of the City Loop project will involve curb and gutter, along with pedestrian ramp work on 3rd and 4th Avenues Southwest from 6th Street Southwest to Civic Center Drive. It also includes the installation of buffered bike lanes on Center Street from 4th Avenue Southwest to the Zumbro River Bridge and along 3rd and 4th Avenues from Soldiers Field Park to 5th Street Northwest.

“The City of Rochester is working to implement a network of bicycle facilities in the downtown area that doesn’t currently exist,” said Dillon Dombrovski, Rochester City Engineer. “The implementation of the downtown bike network also includes making safety improvements to key bicycle entrances into downtown from residential neighborhoods adjacent to downtown and from the City’s extensive shared-use path network.”

Phase 1 is expected to be completed later this month. The overall City Loop project, which carries an estimated price tag of $1.6 million, is expected to be completed in August. The money for the work is coming from the Destination Medical Center state funding.

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