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Rochester is building a fence to keep drunks from jaywalking

Rochester is building a fence to keep drunks from jaywalking

Work is now under way to install a four-foot high fence in the median along Broadway in downtown Rochester.

What for? Apparently to keep late-night revelers from jaywalking.

The city recently awarded a $198,000 bid for the project to KLR Construction Inc. The fence will extend down a busy portion of Broadway between 3rd and 4th Streets south. With a number of bars nearby, the area is a popular spot for nightlife.

According to the public works department, the block "has a long history of pedestrians crossing mid-block and has raised the issue of safety on the roadway."

The department anticipates the wall will curb jaywalking and encourage pedestrians to stick to the crosswalks.

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Walz: Nation's gun laws 'are not working'

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Nation's best hospital going into business with world's most prestigious university

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