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Main Street Makeover Has Officially Begun in Downtown Rochester

When it's finished, the street will be brand new.

The construction project that Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson has referred to as "the full monty" of construction projects was set to officially begin today in downtown Rochester.

The Main Street Makeover, as it has been known, will tear up and build anew downtown's Main Street, from the Paint Creek Bridge north of University Drive to the Clinton River Bridge south of downtown.

Starting in mid-May, the road will be completely closed from University to Second Street for 12 weeks. In the end, the total closure will shorten the duration of the project by six to eight weeks.

During the construction, all downtown businesses are open for business. Back entrances and alleyways have been reconfigured to allow for pedestrian traffic.

For more details on the project, read Also, follow Rochester Patch on Facebook; we'll be keeping you posted today and throughout the project.

Michael Pearson April 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Here we go ... I will keep the faith and look forward :)
Alan Stamm April 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Historians see opportunity, not inconvenience. "It's going to be interesting to see what kinds of personal items might be buried beneath the road," says Rochester-Avon Historical Society president Rod Wilson in The Detroit News today. "People from 100 years ago would toss things away as they walked across Rochester Road, which was a dirt road for many years. Or items might drop from their pockets as they rode on horse drawn carriages or on the train." A project manager says crews will uncover "tracks and foundation for an old railroad that ran down the middle of the city back in the early 1900s. There's also an old brick road built in 1916." Found artifacts will go on view at the Rochester Public Library and the historical society's museum. [http://bit.ly/HH4yUd]

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