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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A major road project is scheduled to get underway Monday morning in Rochester.

The City of Rochester says crews are expected to begin work on converting a section of 65th Street Northwest from a rural road into a city street with a 30 mph speed limit. The project involves the area running from 50th to 60th Avenue Northwest and will include features designed to increase safety and traffic flow, along with new pedestrian-bike paths linking existing trails to the new Dakota Middle School.

Rochester 65th St rendering
Rochester 65th St rendering
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A news release says 65th Street will be completely closed from 50th Avenue to 60th Avenue until this fall. Officials note the intersection of 65th Street and 50th Avenue will remain open and access to the school and other properties in the construction zone will be maintained during the project.

The second phase of the project, which will involve reconstructing 65th Street from 50th Avenue east to 37th Avenue Northwest, is scheduled to take place next year. The City Council approved the $12.5 million contract for the project in February.

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