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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Construction work began today on a major utility project that will disrupt traffic in a portion of Southeast Rochester through next summer.

Rochester Public Utilities is installing a large electrical duct bank from the new RPU substation on Marion Road Southeast to downtown Rochester. At the same time, Rochester Public Works will be reconstructing 9th Street Southeast between 4th Avenue Southeast and Slattery Park.

Rochester Public Works
Rochester Public Works

The first phase of the $3.2 million project, which began today, will mainly involve the area between South Broadway and 3rd Avenue Southeast. the second phase involving work between 3rd Avenue and Slattery Park will take place next year.

Starting today, South Broadway will be limited to one lane in each direction through July 26th. There will be no turns in any direction at the intersection with 9th Street. Access to the parking lots and businesses in the affected area will be available from 3rd Avenue Southeast.

More information is available on the project website.

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