Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester area motorists will have to make some adjustments to their driving habits beginning Monday. Two significant road projects are scheduled to begin.

The busy intersection east of Apache Mall will be completely rebuilt and there will be additional work to the surrounding roadway. There will be no eastbound traffic during the duration of the project, which is scheduled to run through the end of October. Motorists will only be allowed to use one westbound lane between 6th Ave on the east and Apache Drive on the west. Left turns will be permitted onto Mayowood Road for southbound and westbound motorists.  

The other project involves the replacement of the decks of the two Highway 52 bridges that cross Highway 63 in south Rochester. This will limit Highway 52 traffic to one way in each direction in the area of the bridges. There will also be detours on Highway 63.

Also Monday, the Rochester Street Maintenance Division plans to begin a milling and overlaying operation involving various streets throughout the City.  The milling is expected to be completed by April 29.  The overlay process is expected to begin May 2nd and be completed by mid June.

The affected streets will be posted with no parking signs. This means parking will be prohibited in the posted work zone Monday thru Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.  All violators will be ticketed and towed.  Parking restrictions are for daytime maintenance activities only, with parking allowed on weekends and after hours in these posted areas.

After the milling process and prior to overlaying, there will be bumps at each end of the milled areas along with exposed/raised manhole castings and gate valve risers.

Residents are encouraged to find alternate routes, however if they must use streets under construction, drive cautiously and slowly through these areas and expect uneven pavement, bumps and rough surfaces.  After the overlay process has been completed, the NO PARKING signs may remain in certain areas until further manhole adjustments are completed.