Open house planned for Seventh Avenue reconstruction | Local News

Public input is being sought for Rochester's planned Seventh Avenue reconstruction project.

An open house is set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 104 of City Hall, 201 Fourth St. SE.

Construction on the Seventh Avenue project may begin as early as May 2018 and continue through November 2019, according to Rochester Public Works.

The project will be on the west side of downtown Rochester, in the Kutzky Park area. It will include:

• Seventh Avenue from Second Street Southwest to Fourth Street Northwest.

• Fourth Street from Seventh Avenue Northwest to Sixth Avenue Northwest.

• Sixth Avenue Northwest between Fourth and Sixth streets.

• First Street Northwest from Seventh Avenue to 804 First St. NW.

• West Center Street between Fifth and Seventh avenues.

• Possibly Third Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

Public Works said the area has undersized utilities dating back to the early 1900s that are in need of replacement. Other project objectives include:

• Minimizing localized flooding in this area and its surroundings.

• Replacement and rerouting of the sanitary sewer in order to minimize maintenance issues with existing siphons and to provide adequate capacity to the area.

• Replacement of undersized water main in the area.

• Upgrading the traffic signal at the intersection of Sixth Avenue Northwest and Civic Center Drive.