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20th Street SE back open in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- 6,500 cars a day are projected to cross the newly opened 20th Street Southeast. 

The goal is to take the traffic load off of Highway 14 and Pinewood Rd SE. For the first 24 hours of the road opening, the newly installed traffic lights will be blinking and treated as a 4 way stop sign. The lights expect to turn into normal traffic lights sometime before Wednesday afternoon.

"Typically when we have a new installation of lights on a roadway that never had lights in that particular location before, we like to alert the public, the drivers that there are lights that have presently been installed and are operational so we like to stop them for a minimum of 24 hours in a 4 way stop situation before we turn them loose," said Project Manager Mike Easley

The area didn't just get a new highway out of the deal.

"The 20 acres behind us was a site that was graded for future lacrosse fields for the park department.  It was park owned property. All the materials to build this roadway, sub-foundation were excavated in excess of 100 yards," added Easley.

Another new feature to go along with this new stretch of road is a 1.35 mile bike path that will run parallel to 20th Street.

"We have a bike trail that's separated from 20th Street at this point, but merges back across the bridges and then separates again on the other end," Easley explained.

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