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Seventh Street bridge project starts Wednesday

May 16, 2019

The first phase of Rochester’s Seventh Street bridge preservation project in Silver Lake Park starts Wednesday.

The reinforced-concrete deck girder bridge is considered historically significant for its high artistic value, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Its artistic elements include curved fascia girders and an ornamental railing featuring Moderne details.

The planned bridge repairs are needed to allow the structure to be used for hauling sediment, which will be taken from the lake during an upcoming dredging project.

As bridge work starts, Seventh Street Northeast will be closed from West Silver Lake Drive to the east side of the structure.

A detour will be posted, sending drivers south on Silver Lake Drive to East Center Street and then east to 11th Avenue Northeast. Portions of Seventh Street will remain accessible from 11th Avenue for local traffic.

As work on the bridge progresses, future phases of the project will include pavement restoration on Seventh Street between the bridge at 11th Avenue Northeast.

When complete, parking will remain along the street, and buffered bike lanes will be added.