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Understanding Rochester Travel Demand in Light of Destination Medical Center and Downtown Master Plan Goals 

Concerns raised at recent meetings have indicated possible misunderstanding of the goals established in the Rochester Downtown Master Plan (RDMP) and the Destination Medical Center Development Plan (DMC) regarding the need to reduce the level of single occupant private vehicle travel in downtown Rochester in the future and what the effect of this will be on travel throughout the urban area. This briefing paper will clarify the travel reduction goal, why the goal was established, how it could be achieved and its effect on travel demand outside of the DMC/RDMP development area. 

 4th Street SW Reconstruction Project (1st Avenue SW to 6th Avenue SW) - J7326

This project includes the reconstruction of 4th Street SW from 1st Avenue SW to 6th Avenue SW.  The project will reconstruct 4th Street SW, to address the pavement that is in poor condition, to add bicycle facilities and to upgrade the sanitary sewer.  Existing traffic signals at 3rd Avenue SW and 4th Avenue SW will be replaced.  For project updates, please visit the project website.


 

Broadway Avenue Corridor Study and Pavement Management Plan - J7293

The project includes long-and short-term planning for Broadway Avenue from 37th Street NE to Civic Center Drive (north segment and also 12th Street South (TH 14) to 28th Street South (south segment). 

Study Vision Statement: 

“Develop a Capital Improvement Plan that provides for the conversion of Broadway Avenue to a Complete Street and provides for the timely and cost-effective investment of limited funds for the near and long term.”

Goals/Objectives:

  • Develop guidelines to improve the safety and mobility of all modes of transportation in a 50-year Capital Improvement Plan
  • Promote a welcoming, inviting corridor to support economic vitality and a sense of place
  • Plan for sustainable infrastructure
  • Provide for timely and cost-effective investment of limited funds for the near and long term
  • Consider long-range land-use planning


Broadway Avenue North Reconstruction Project (Civic Center Drive to 13th Street North) - J7318

The City of Rochester is kicking off the planning process for a 2019 reconstruction of Broadway Avenue (from Civic Center Drive to 13th Street North). This project is intended to begin the transformation of the Broadway Avenue corridor into a significant multi-modal gateway to downtown Rochester and the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Development District. The Broadway Avenue Corridor Study, completed in 2015, set the stage for future improvements that this planning process and final design will build upon.

For project updates, please visit the project website.


Investment Strategies for a Better Street System

Press Release (8/8/16) Committee of the Whole Presentation (8/8/2016)


Northern Rochester Transportation Study

The City of Rochester and MnDOT are working on a "unified transportation improvement plan" to better serve the transportation needs of northern Rochester as the area continues to develop.  The area considered in this stud is generally defined by 55th St NW to 75th St NW and 18th Ave NW to 50th Ave NW. 

This project has an external website link: http://northernrochesterstudy.com


Northwest Territory Sanitary Sewer Study

 A study to develop a cost-effective implementation strategy for future sanitary sewer service to the 7309 acre Northwest Territory (NWT) study area of Rochester. The study considers near-term, mid-term, and long term sewer service needs, construction alternatives, and funding strategies. The NWT is generally bounded by 65th Street NW on the south, 100th Street NW on the north, 18th Avenue on the east, and 75th Avenue NW on the west (refer to figure ES-1 of Executive Summary). The study analysis, findings, conclusions and recommendations were presented to the Rochester City Council at the May 12, 2014 Committee of the Whole meeting.


Sanitary Sewer Modeling and Analysis - J4332

 


Second Street SW Reconstruction Project (11th to 16th Avenue SW) - J7802

The City of Rochester has begun planning and design for the reconstruction of Second Street SW reconstruction between 11th and 16th Avenue SW and associated transit facilities. Construction of these improvements is tentatively planned to begin in 2018 but, the project schedule is subject to change. Stantec Consulting Services has been hired by the City to prepare the design of the the overall roadway layout, streetscape, St. Mary’s walkway/plaza, transit facilities, and pedestrian improvements. For project updates, please visit the project website.


Shoppes on Maine Area Streets Study, J7301

At the May 18, 2015 Council Meeting the City Council directed the Public Works staff to conduct a feasibility / design study of the existing streets within the Shoppes on Maine area and provide reconstruction and rehabilitation alternatives. Public Works has hired Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc., to conduct a thorough engineering analysis and review. The S.E.H., Inc. consultant team has analyzed the traffic, geotechnical, and hydrologic facets of the public infrastructure construction.

The final report is: Shoppes on Maine Feasibility Report

A presentation to the City Council of the report findings, conclusions, and recommendations was conducted on Monday, January 11, 2016, 3:30 p.m., City Hall, Conf Rm 104.

Questions can be addressed to Doug Nelson, Mgr Engineering, Dept Public Works. Contact info: dnelson@rochestermn.gov; (507) 328-2423.


Viola Road Rehabilitation/Reconstruction Project (11th Ave NE to E Circle Dr) - J7817

The City of Rochester and Olmsted County have an agreement to reconstruct Viola Rd NE (CSAH 2) from the intersection at 14th St NE/11th Ave NE to the intersection at Viola Rd/E Circle Dr NE. Following project completion, Viola Road, which is currently a county road, will be maintained by the City of Rochester. Click here for the project zone map.

However, due to funding issues, this project is currently on hold. During the design process, engineers found that the added storm water captured and run underground would exceed system capacity from 11th Ave NE to Silver Lake. As such, the cost to upgrade the storm water system from 11th Ave NE to its outfall at Silver Lake would exceed the cost of the entire Viola Road project from 11th Ave NE to E Circle Dr NE, thus doubling the project cost. The City does not currently have funds to do this.

As such, the City is reimagining the project to accomplish the original goals found in the scope of work below:

  • Reconstruction of Viola Rd NE / 14th St NE from 11th Ave NE to 14th Avenue NE consisting of curb & gutter replacement, storm sewer work, crosswalk improvements, street reconstruction with concrete, and upgrading the traffic signal at 11th Ave NE with cameras and emergency vehicle warning lights. Additional work will include moving some overhead utilities and underground water mains as needed.
  • Reconstruction of Viola Rd NE from 14th Ave NE to Northern Valley Dr NE to convert this “rural” road section (no curb or storm water infrastructure in adjacent ditches) to an “urban” road with curbs and an underground storm water system. Work will also include adding a sidewalk south of Viola Rd, raising the grade of the bike path to improve drainage, improving pedestrian facilities at the Parkwood Hills intersection, and some underground and overhead utility work as necessary.
  • Rehabilitation of Viola Rd NE/14th Street NE from Northern Valley Drive NE to East Circle Drive consisting of individual concrete panel replacement and some minor, as necessary, repairs to curbs, catch basins, sidewalks and storm sewers.

During this time, two projects are intended to be completed in 2017: installation of pedestrian improvements at the Viola Rd / Parkwood Hills Dr intersection; and installation of a traffic signal at the Viola Rd / Wheelock Dr intersection at Fire Station #2. 

Continue to check this website for updates. Last updated: April 10, 2017

Project Contact: Brett Jenkinson, Public Works Department or (507)328-2466


Alternative Urban Areawide Review (A.U.A.R) 

An AUAR is a type of environmental assessment used to assess potential cumulative environmental impacts from future urban development over a broad geographic area. The more traditional Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) method focuses on smaller-scale, project-specific assessments. The AUAR process includes the preparation of a “Mitigation Plan” that identifies methods to avoid, minimize, or mitigate identified environmental impacts as future development takes place. 

Rochester completed its first AUAR in 2002 as part of the Marion Road Trunk Sanitary Sewer Project.  The AUAR was updated in 2009 and 2015.

Marion Road Trunk Sanitary Sewer Project - AUAR Documents

 AUAR Update #2 Complete & Approved by Council (August 2015)
AUAR Update #2 Notice Letter (April 2015)
AUAR Update #2 (December 2014)
Final AUAR Update #1 (Modified September, 2009) Main Document & Appendix
Final AUAR Update #1 ( April, 2009)
Environmental Stewardship Opportunities (2002)
Final AUAR Mitigation Plan (2002)
Draft AUAR Mitigation Plan (2002)
Sewer Service District 16 AUAR Fact Sheet (2002)
Marion Town Board Intro AUAR Presentation (2002)