North Broadway Corridor Construction Concerns

April 24, 2018 07:14 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- When you enter the Gingerbread House Bakery, the first thing that welcomes you is the smell of freshly baked bread and pastries. The second is Owner, Mike Fish. "Each day we produce anywhere from 500 to 1200 pounds of dough," he said.

Fish took over the family establishment two years ago. "It’s very important to me. This is how I feed my family," he said.

Feeding people is the basis of his business that now employs 25 people. However, with the North Broadway Expansion project about to get underway … "It is just kind of putting those things at risk," he said.

Construction could take a bite out of his bottom line.
About a year from now, work will start on the busy corridor; from Civic Center Drive to 13th Street.

"This portion of Broadway - not only is the pavement in the worst condition of any of the segments that we studied during that original Broadway Corridor Study, we are looking at access and mobility issues," said City Engineer, Dillon Dombrovski.

Construction may take up to a year and during the process, it will block access points to many of the businesses (Fish being one of them).


Monday night, Rochester Public Works provided two reconstruction options to City.

“Their preferred option puts a median right down Broadway blocking our access to southbound traffic," said Fish.

However, Public Works says medians will "cut down on the number of crashes on some of the intersections".

 "There are some really important questions that we need to know for our ability to weather this," said Fish.

Like how much personal cost fixing the curbside and sidewalk will entail. "My wife and I did some math and we are thinking right around $30,000," said Fish.

Public Works says it is trying to be sensitive to businesses. "We like to get out and meet with them at their property,” said Dombrovski. “Talk about how they circulate delivery times not only during construction but in the future."



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