Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Road construction that will impact motorists and bus riders in downtown Rochester through the rest of the summer gets started on Wednesday. 

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Crews will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction of 2nd St. Southwest. The impacted stretch is between 3rd Ave. and 1st Ave. Southwest. The open travel lanes will be on the north-side of the usual four-lane road for the rest of July then switch to the south side of the road in August. 

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The road work will once again move the Downtown Rochester Public Transit Hub to Central Park where 33 rotates will be loading and unloading passengers through mid-September. A Rochester Public Transit Spokesman says all routes will follow the current schedules, although some delays are possible.

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The specific bus stop locations are: 

  •         Routes 101, 103, 202, 204, 411, 21, 22, and 23 will load on the west block face of Central Park along 2 Avenue NW.
  •         Routes 102, 116, 205, 206, 217, 306 will stop on the north block face of Central Park along 3 Street NW.
  •         Routes 408, 412, 413, 418, 419, 24, 25, 26 will stop on the east block face of Central Park along 1 Avenue NW
  •         Routes 307, 309, 314, 409, and 150X, 560X (westbound), 250X (AM), and 506 will stop on the south face of Central Park along 2 Street NW.
  •         Routes 203, 560X (eastbound), and 250 (PM) will stop on the south side of 2 Street NW across the street from Central Park.

City officials are encouraging all shuttle companies/services to avoid this area to reduce congestion. The lane closures are due to private projects and pavement restoration.

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