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2nd Street construction's impact on ambulances and bus riders

KIMT looks into how ambulances are adjusting to the construction near the emergency room.

Posted: May. 15, 2018 8:44 AM
Updated: May. 16, 2018 7:43 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rochester Public Works is warning drivers to avoid 2nd Street Southwest for the next two weeks while parts of the street are closed down to one lane during construction. But what if you can't avoid these roads. 

Rochester Public Transit is using alternate routes to avoid construction. It is picking up and dropping off riders near Virgil's Auto Clinic. A full list of the changes can be found here. 

While only a few routes are altered, RPT is warning riders of system-wide delays. Robin Naylor takes the bus several times a week and is experiencing some delays to her bus commute because of construction. While it can be frustrating, Robin said she's used to it. 

"Rochester is always under construction," Robin said. "We are like constantly... Spring and Fall are always under construction so it's just not a shock to the system...I hope they wrap it up soon, though." 

Part of the construction is near the intersection of 2nd St. SW and 14th Ave SW, which is one way ambulances get to the emergency room. 

Gold Cross Ambulance said they are avoiding this route to the ER and can get to the entrance from two other routes including from 6th St. SW and 4th St. 

They also have opticons on their ambulances that help change traffic lights in their favor. This helps them move congested areas when construction is in progress. 

Gold Cross Ambulance also said they work closely with Rochester Public Works and are often invited to planning meetings before construction starts. This helps them plan ahead and adjust accordingly to be prepared for the impact construction can have on responding to emergencies.

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