Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A major makeover of a busy downtown Rochester street is scheduled to begin Monday.

The city is doing a complete reconstruction of the stretch of 4th St SW between 1st and 6th avenues.

According to the city’s Public Works Dept, the project “ will address the pavement that is in poor condition, add bicycle facilities, improve pedestrian safety, upgrade the sanitary sewer capacity in downtown, and replace water main that was constructed over 100 years ago.”

Several city bus routes/services will also be affected by the project, which is scheduled to be completed in October.

The stretch of roadway will have a new look when it’s completed, including:

- Crosswalks across 4th Street will be shortened by adding curb bump outs. Some crosswalks will have a raised median, providing pedestrian refuge.

- A curbless intersection will be constructed at 2nd Avenue SW to prototype the future Discovery Walk curbless street design.

- Wider sidewalks and amenity zones per the DMC Development Guidelines recommendations.

New Features for Bikes:

- The City has designated 4th Street SW as a bicycle route. A protected bicycle facility will be constructed as part of this project. The bike facility will be located between the curb and parked cars, with a 3-foot striped buffer between the bike facility and parking lane.

- Enhanced pavement markings for bike facilities that will increase the visibility of bikes to vehicles.

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