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Seat Belt Enforcement Starts Friday

(ABC 6 News)- City, state and county officers are preparing for one of the biggest enforcement waves of the year.

From October 12th- 26th extra officers will be out on Minnesota roads looking for unbelted drivers. Not wearing a seat belt is now considered a primary offense in Minnesota law.

That means officers don't need another reason to pull you over. Not wearing your seat belt is enough to get execute a traffic stop.

Extra shifts will take place both during the day and at night.

The enforcement wave is part of the Department of Public Safety's Toward Zero Death campaign.  Olmsted County is still in the top 10 for deadliest counties.

The average cost of a seat belt ticket is $100.

Bridge Maintenance Over Zumbro River

Bridge Maintenance Over Zumbro River

Beginning Saturday October 6, 2012 at 6:00 AM, 3rd Ave. S.E.  from 2nd St. to 4th St. S.E. will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic for scheduled maintenance work on the bridge. The repairs included the replacement of deteriorated expansion joints and some minor crack repair on each end of the structure.  All work is scheduled to be completed by early Monday morning and the roadway and sidewalks will be reopened to traffic. No detour will be signed for this short term closure. Access to Rochester Farmers Market from 4th St. S.E. will not be impacted.

Police Search for Man Stealing Gas

Police Search for Man Stealing Gas

Police in Rochester are looking for a man they say is using a stolen gas card to buy gas. The card was taken from a truck at Seneca Foods. Investigators say the man in this surveillance picture has been using it. Since it was taken, more than $8,000 dollars in gasoline has been charged. Contact police if you have any information.

Dresser Drive-Olmsted County Road 14 Intersection Closure

Dresser Drive-Olmsted County Road 14 Intersection Closure

The Dresser Drive and Olmsted County Road 14 intersection in Rochester will close beginning Monday, Sept. 24, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The intersection will remain closed through Saturday, Sept. 29, weather permitting. The closure is necessary as crews continue to construct the roundabout at the Highway 63 and Olmsted County Road 14 intersection.

Olmsted County Road 14 will be closed from the east at 40th Avenue northeast. There will be no through traffic connecting Dresser Drive and Olmsted County Road 14 through Saturday, Sept. 29.

Motorists can access all businesses on Dresser Drive from the southern intersection of Dresser Drive and Highway 63.  

 

Pinewood Road Construction

Pinewood Road Construction

Construction of the final phase of Pinewood Road is now underway. Pinewood will be closed to through traffic from East of the westerly McQuillan Court access, to the east of 22nd Ave., until an expected project completion in about six weeks. All McQuillan Court access will be from the west entrance. Access to and from 22nd Ave. is available via the southern loop to the west on 28th St. S.E. or east to 23rd Ave. to 30th Ave. and  Marion Road. 21st Ave. access will to the west using 24th St. S.E. Please drive with care while driving in the work zone. Thank you for your patience during construction. Further updates will be provided or current project status is available at the City web pager site.

 http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/publicworks/Construction%20Activity/index.asp

2nd Street Construction Update

2nd Street Construction Update

Beginning Monday September 17, 2012 Phase 2 of the 2nd St. S.W. will begin. By Monday morning all east and west bound traffic on 2nd St. S.W. from 6th to 11th Ave. will be moved to the new concrete pavement on the north half of the roadway with one lane in each direction.  All intersections with 2nd St. S.W. to the north will also be opened to full traffic including 7th Ave., 9th Ave. and 11th Ave.. All three intersections will be controlled by three way stop signs until the projects completion. Boulevard work will still progress along the parking lanes of the north side but should not have impact on two way traffic.    

Highway 14 Interchange Opens Friday

Highway 14 Interchange Opens Friday

After nearly three years of construction the Highway 14 project in Owatonna is finally coming to an end.

MnDOT says the highway will be open to motorists starting 9:00 PM Friday night.

The $52-million project expanded the highway to four lanes and created a brand new interchange near I-35.

The roadway is seen as a major corridor connecting several large cities in the region.

"They're going to save themselves some time and probably reduce their commute by about 15 minutes. That will be good. I think it's going to be good for the entire area for development and things like that," MnDOT Public Affairs Coordinator Kristin Kammueller explains.

Workers are still making some last minute touches on the project installing new signs and signals on the roadway.

It will all be wrapped up before the weekend.