Uptown street project to get $2.125 million in federal funds

Here is a note announcing the news from Public Works Director Richard Freese.  These funds will be used to address the much needed rehabilitation of 2nd Street West of Highway 52.

On January 19, 2011 the City Council approved Resolution 049-11 authorizing the submittal of two projects for Federal transportation funding in 2015.

Priority 1:  Reconstruct 2nd Street SW from TH 52 to West Circle Drive                       $2.5M in federal funds

Priority 2:  55th Street Interchange Phase 2 (East Frontage Road Relocation)          $2.5M in federal funds

Today the MnDOT District 6 Area Transportation Partnership reviewed 5 projects submitted for 2015 funding.  In addition to the two Rochester Projects, the cities of Albert Lea, Austin and Red Wing submitted projects.

After review by the ATP, Rochester’s  Priority 1 Project; Reconstruction of 2nd Street SW was the top ranked project.  The Albert Lea and Red Wing Projects tied for second place.  The funding requests for the top 3 projects was $4.69M.   Only $3.95M of federal funds are available.

The ATP agreed to fund all three projects, but at a reduced level of 85% of the requested amount.  In other words Rochester will receive $2.125M instead of $2.5M.


Richard W. Freese, P.E.

Director Public Works / City Engineer

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