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“Main Street Makeover” starts in downtown Rochester

April 3, 2012

The city of Rochester is getting a “Main Street Makeover”. The $7.6 million project will reconstruct one-half mile of Rochester Road(M-150) between the Paint Creek and Clinton River bridges.

Over the years, the road has deteriorated because of the heavy volume of truck traffic. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has determined that reconstruction is the only option to fix the road.
Upon completion, it will be 25-30 years before any substantial repairs will have to be made to Main Street.

The project will include sidewalk replacement, upgraded traffic signals and utility upgrades.

The streetscape will be completely rebuilt, including new exposed aggregate sidewalks, LED light poles (in the current hook & bell style), street trees, additional plantings, new benches and stamped concrete crosswalks. New water lines will be installed, replacing a water main from the 1890’s.

The makeover begins in early April and is expected to be completed in mid November.

Here’s what you need to know to make the commute easier:

Rochester Road will be closed to traffic between 2nd Street and University Drive from mid-May to late August.

Traffic will be detoured to local streets in each direction. All detours will be clearly posted as the construction slightly changes during  the next six months.

During the makeover, all downtown businesses are open. Pedestrian traffic will be directed through the back entrances and alleys.

“Main Street Makeover” starts in downtown Rochester.

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