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The End Is Near (For the Main Street Makeover, That Is)

Our favorite construction project should be complete by Nov. 23. Here are the five things that are left to do.

Remember back in April when the Main Street Makeover began?

It's been a long road, so to speak, but we're nearly at an end.

The project is scheduled to be complete — meaning all lanes open — on Friday, Nov. 23.

Here are the five things that need to be done before this project can be marked "Complete."

A seat with a view

A lot of historical finds — from soda bottles to human bones — happened during the Makeover. But while most were removed, one is staying right where it is to become its own attraction.

A well or cistern — the city is still researching to find out which it is — from pre-1890s will be covered with plexiglass and have a seat wall on two sides for viewing. An educational sign will also be near by.

Light, action ... concrete

On the brighter side of things, new street lights will be delivered and installed down Main Street. 

Construction on two remaining corners — University and Olde Town — will be completed using bricks from the original Main Street for planters.

And finally, it wouldn't be a construction, er, makeover, project without concrete. Concrete placement will take place north of University and south of Second. Appropriate traffic markings will also be added.

Then on Friday, Nov. 23 all lanes should be open.

Get ready to start your engines, Rochester.

Patricia October 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM
The new decorative iron pieces look wonderful around the trees-and yes, we are almost there. Jaymes Vettraino, Nik Banda, DDA, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, MDOT, Iafrates, and countless businesses helped keep things rolling and people advised of the progress. This was a mammoth project. Our City and MDOT were outstanding from start to what is now our "near finish". Congratulations to them. They worked long and countless hours and were always available to everyone. Let's start anticipating the Big Bright Lights, shopping and enjoying our down town with all lanes open. Thanks again to Nik, Jaymes and MDOT for getting us to this point-they worked hard and long. We are counting down.......with anticipation.
Laura Cassar October 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Very nicely said, Patricia!
lauren October 30, 2012 at 03:06 PM
will we be getting the talking crossing signals back?
Susan Heholt October 30, 2012 at 03:35 PM
What are the black plastic "tubes" coming out of the planters?
Laura Cassar October 30, 2012 at 07:49 PM
City manager Jaymes Vettraino has kindly answered the posted questions: The auditory crossing signals have been placed at every intersection and will be activated as part of the project. The black “tubes” coming out of the planters are part of the irrigation and drainage system that was installed as part of the project. There is still clean-up to do a within the tree planters and most of the tubes will be covered with soil or mulch.
David Gifford October 30, 2012 at 08:56 PM
That way the new plants and trees won't die like the ones did on the Paint Creek Bridge planters.
David Gifford October 30, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I am glad to see that there will be new wayfinding signs in the city. I have always felt like we were missing these for the parks and trails. Looking at the "Welcome to Rochester" sign I feel like we don't have an iconic identity that we could include in the sign design. If you look at Mt. Clemens image #4 (http://www.harmonsign.com/wayfinding.php) they have done a great job integrating recognizable icons into their signs. I appreciate that we were the first settlement in Oakland County (by Americans) but I feel like our signs should really be associated with an icon or image of the town. I'm still struggling to nail down that identity. We were a mill town, an industrial town, an agricultural town and now what are we? What image could we associate with Rochester that would look good on our signs other than a blue and yellow wavy line? Perhaps The woolen mill, the old stone store and the opera house?
Patricia October 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM
David, That is interesting. Quite some time ago, I thought it would be nice to invite the public, our students, and artists to submit what they thought should be our "identity. It hit a dead end. I really wanted to see how others perceived our history and what they identified Rochester with and as. After all, the city belongs to all of us and we are its living history now. I can relate to the mills, the agriculture and our water the most. Our history is important, the past as well as what we are creating and living that will be our history in the future. We are one cool town.

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