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Southeast Minnesota construction kickoff

The city of Rochester, Olmsted County and MnDot announced projects that include construction on roundabouts and road closures.

Posted: Apr. 4, 2018 10:32 PM
Updated: Apr. 4, 2018 10:35 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Wednesday morning The city of Rochester, Olmsted county and MnDot talked to the public about construction timelines for the upcoming construction season.

“Information is key for those who use our transportation system,” said Olmsted County Engineer Kay Bieniek, “It’s another way we’re reaching out to them to continue the ongoing dialogue about improvements taking place this summer.”

The city of Rochester, Olmsted county and MnDOT all have construction projects this summer.
Scott Holmes is Olmsted’s County Construction Supervisor. He tells KIMT News 3 that delays are a necessary evil to complete the road projects.

“We’re are opening some lanes...but it’s safer for workers so they aren't so close to cars going 50 miles down the road.”

We spoke to Linda Stadheim, a retired Mayo Clinic nurse. She said she’s use to construction season.
“In Minnesota you have two seasons...winter and construction season.”

She also said she doesn’t mind the road closures because the end outcome is a better road.
Holmes said the projects are expected to be completed by the end of summer.

To view complete project list, click here.

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