Main Street Makeover on the Move!

Rochester’s Main Street Makeover is well underway. The project includes a complete reconstruction of Main Street from the Clinton River Bridge to the Paint Creek Bridge. The final project will reveal a fresh Main Street, complete with reclaimed brick planters, street seating, LED lightpoles, improved water service and much more.

The City is hosting a Main Street Makeover Community Project Update Meeting on the last Tuesday of every month, 7:00 pm at the Rochester Fire Department, 277 E. Second. The kick-off meeting of this series is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24. Additionally, project representatives are available to give presentations for businesses and organizations. To schedule a presentation, contact Kristi Trevarrow at 248/656-0060.

“First two weeks of the project have gone well and we look forward to updating the community on the next stages of the Makeover”, stated Jaymes Vettraino, Rochester City Manager. Downtown and all downtown businesses continue remain open throughout the construction period. In addition to all sidewalks remaining open to provide Main Street access to the businesses, alley improvements have been made to create a pedestrian-friendly environment so customers can access the businesses from their rear entrances as well.

The community has been extremely enthusiastic about the project and the potential finds as we unearth the original Main Street. The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the site to see the daily progress. For your own safety, we ask that you do not enter the active construction site for any reason.

The Main Street Makeover is a joint effort of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the City of Rochester and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The purpose of the project is to reconstruct Main Street from the Clinton River Bridge to the Paint Creek Bridge, improve water service to the area and to add streetscape improvements to enhance the overall downtown experience.

For more information on the project, please visit or call the Rochester DDA at 248/656-0060.

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