The City of Rochester hopes to have construction underway before fall on a $23 million project to get rid of the east end of the Inner Loop.
Dozens of city residents dropped by a downtown question-and-answer session on the project Tuesday night. Several people we talked with were in favor and felt it would tie the East End to the surrounding neighborhoods.
Paul Way, the city's project manager, says the little-used east end of the Loop will be filled in and a new two-way Union Street
Besides straightening out Union Street's traffic flow, the project will fill in that section of the loop which gets very little traffic anymore. The land will be made available for residential or commercial development.
Several people we talked to last night said they like the project concept and want to see a mix that includes some park space as well as tax base in the former roadway.