Last phase of construction for Rochester’s ‘Heart of the City’ project starts Monday

(ABC 6 News) – Construction work on the last phase of Rochester’s ‘Heart of the City’ project will begin on Monday.

The work will close 1st Ave. SW from Center St. W to south of Peace Plaza. The closure is expected to last through October 28.

Pedestrians are urged to follow posted signage as access will be shifting as work progresses.

The construction work will be focused on the installation of eight 50-foot catenary poles, a steel cable web-system, and lights and mesh sleeves used to house wiring. Cranes will be needed to lift the infrastructure into place and will require 1st Ave. to be closed to traffic. 

Strategic Initiatives Director Josh Johnsen shares, “We appreciate the patience of our residents, businesses and visitors as this last portion of construction is complete.  The catenary system is a key feature for lighting, which helps ensure the space is well illuminated, which we know helps ensure a high level of safety and security. A focus will be placed on maintaining pedestrian access, including having wayfinding signage available.”

The ‘Heart of the City’ encompasses the core of downtown Rochester and the essence of Destination Medical Center (DMC). The project is designed to create active, engaging experiences for residents, visitors and patients in the heart of downtown Rochester, and provide greater accessibility for people of all abilities.

The total project cost is $18.6 million and is paid for through DMC funds.

To learn more about the ‘Heart of the City’ project, CLICK HERE.