Heads up if you normally use Broadway between Civic Center Drive and Elton Hills Drive because another change started today for the Broadway construction project in Rochester, Minnesota.

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If you are one of the many that have been impacted by the Broadway construction project, there was a big of good and not-so-good news that happened on my drive home today.

First, the not-so-good-news about the Broadway construction project in Rochester, Minnesota

If you have become familiar with going around Broadway and using Silver Lake Drive NE, (and having fun with all the flashing stoplights by the Civic Center and the temporary stop signs just North of that), just a heads up that Silver Lake Drive NE is not going to get you all the way any longer.


This road closure is a temporary thing but work has started. There is a road-closed sign but if you are like me, we have a lot of those signs up and there is a whole bunch of orange happening. It seems to just blur together for me.

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Silver Lake Drive NE will be closed from 12 Street to 13 Street to complete reconstruction work in this area. Traffic needing to access Silver Lake Drive NE can use side streets south of 13th Street NE or the official detour at 7th Street NE. - rochestermn.gov


Now the good news!  Broadway is now partially open in Rochester, Minnesota

Did you HEAR that!  Broadway is now partially open!!!!  I drove down it today and I just wanted to wave at all the fronts of businesses that I haven't had a chance to see in...well, it seems like forever.

It is still closed from Civic Center Drive to 7th Street but one lane is open in each direction from 7th Street to 13th Street (by Silver Lake Foods).


North Broadway from 13 Street to 7 Street will be open to regular traffic, but reduced to one lane of travel in each direction. There will be a 3-way stop at the intersection of Silver Lake Drive/13 Street and North Broadway and a 3-way stop at the intersection of 7 Street and North Broadway. - rochestermn.gov


Where to get the latest construction details and info for Rochester, Minnesota projects

You can see the latest regarding all the news about construction projects from the City of Rochester at their website here.

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