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NEWS RELEASE: 18th Avenue NW Reconstruction Project Update

Post Date:11/21/2017

18th Avenue NW Reconstruction Project Update

Contact: Megan Moeller
Public Works Communications Coordinator
507-328-2436 or
Dillon Dombrovski
Public Works Construction Project Manager
507-328-2421 or

18th Avenue NW (CR 112) from 50th Street NW to 55th Street NW is scheduled to be opened to traffic in both directions during the day on Wednesday, November 23rd. The roadway will remain open for the duration of winter. The opening of the roadway will allow Rochester Public Transit (RPT) Route 26 to return to its regular path for the winter.

Project Timeline
The project’s first stage of construction began in September 2017 and included the full reconstruction of the roadway from the Kings Run box culvert (just north of 50th Street NW) to 55th Street NW. It is anticipated that construction will reconvene in April 2018 on the segment from the Kings Run box culvert to 37th Street NW, with an anticipated completion date of October 31, 2018. *See News Release Full Version and Map below.

This project will continue to have a major impact on those who travel this corridor next year, with road closures being the most common impact. The official detour route is to the east of the 18th Avenue NW corridor along West River Parkway past Essex Park and the Watson soccer fields. Project updates, including the start of construction in the spring will be provided via press releases and the Public Works Website:  

Rochester Public Transit (RPT) riders should pay close attention next spring as the project will again affect the schedule for bus stops in the vicinity of this project. Visit  for maps and any further details about the effect this project will have on transit.

Project Benefits
18th Avenue NW, also known as County Road (CR) 112, provides a critical connection in the growing northwest corner of Rochester. As the community has grown north to 55th Street NW and beyond, the traffic on 18th Avenue NW has also increased. The goal of this project is to reconstruct 18th Avenue NW to improve the function and safety of the roadway for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles while better serving the surrounding urbanizing land uses.

The proposed project will:
• Reconstruct 18th Avenue NW (CR 112) from 37th Street NW to 55th Street NW. This involves the complete removal and replacement of the entire street section.
• Enhance pedestrian and bicycle traffic facilities, including 10 foot wide off-street multi-use paths and 6 foot wide bike lanes.
• Improve the safety and flow of traffic through the corridor by adding a mini-roundabout at the 48th Street intersection and turn lanes at other high volume intersections.
• Replace existing signal systems to include flashing yellows turn signals and pedestrian crossings with APS signals that are compliant with ADA (American Disability Act) Standards. Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) are audible signals that communicate information about the WALK and DON’T WALK intervals at signalized intersections in non-visual formats to pedestrians who are blind or who have low vision.
• Provide an opportunity for maintenance and repairs to aging sanitary sewer and water main utilities, as well as, upgrades to stormwater management infrastructure to better treat runoff and protect area waterways.
• Add landscaping, including boulevard trees, boulevard rain gardens, raised medians with grass and plantings.

Project Funding

This project is being funded, in part, by $4,365,925 in Federal Funds. The remaining costs are being shared by the City of Rochester and Olmsted County. Historically, this road (CR 112) was the responsibility of Olmsted County. Upon completion of this work, the roadway will be transferred to the City of Rochester.

For more information on the project planning and design that led to this construction project, please visit

Pedestrians and drivers are advised to use caution while traveling around and through all construction zones. The cooperation and patience of the public is greatly appreciated during construction. You can also assist by keeping children away from the work zone.

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News Release Full Version and Map