Inner Loop East Project

Inner Loop East Project


The Inner Loop is closed permanently, between E Main St and Monroe Ave/Chestnut St.  View a detailed closure map.

View the progress of the transformation using the Inner Loop East Transformation Project Webcam.

Mayor Lovely Warren and City Councilmember Elaine Spaull will officially open Charlotte Street at the site of the Inner Loop East Transformation Project during a ribbon cutting ceremony November 4th, at 10am. Charlotte Street had been divided by the Inner Loop for 50 years. Its opening marks the first new connection to Downtown as a result of the project.

Broad St has been reconstructed as an at grade intersection eliminated the bridge over the old inner loop, while Charlotte St has been returned to a single street connecting Alexander St and Scio St for the first time since 1964 when construction began on the Inner Loop.  These streets will be surfaced to the binder elevation until S Union St has been reconstructed.  Temporary sidewalks will be constructed on one side of these streets at this time to provide pedestrian access across the construction site, permanent sidewalks will be constructed in future phases of the project.

Broad St is closed between Union St and Pitkin St.  The bridge over the former Inner Loop is being replaced with at-grade intersections as part the Inner Loop Transformation Project.

  • Pedestrians will be detoured over the East Ave bridge, north of the closure.
  • Westbound traffic (to Broad St from Union St) will be detoured to Monroe Ave to Howell St to Union St.
  • Eastbound Traffic (to Union St. from Pitkin St) will be detoured to East Ave to Pitkin St to Broad St.

The 490 Eastbound Exit 15 for South Ave and Monroe Ave will remain open, however, this exit will no longer connect to the Inner Loop.


Today’s Inner Loop

The Inner Loop Expressway surrounds the City of Rochester’s Central Business District, cutting off the downtown area from adjacent vibrant and densely-populated neighborhoods. This inefficient, sunken expressway is underutilized by vehicular traffic, stifles downtown redevelopment, and discourages greater use of walking and bicycling.

The Inner Loop East is the section of the Inner Loop from Monroe Avenue to Charlotte Street. It is surrounded by healthy neighborhoods and thriving development. Recreational attractions like The Strong Museum of Play; large employers like ESL Federal Credit Union and M&T Bank; entertainment destinations including countless bars and restaurants, hugely popular street concerts, international festivals; and residential offerings like The Sagamore and the Union-Lafayette Townhomes all thrive along the borders of the Inner Loop East.

However, these developments and attractions are limited by the expressway that separates them. This bustling part of Rochester is cut in half by the sunken loop that sends people speeding through the area instead of encouraging them to stop and spend time in the neighborhood.

Acres of land directly flanking the Inner Loop east would be popular spots for additional development if the sub-grade highway wasn’t at its front door.

Aerial view of projectTomorrow’s Inner Loop

In order to encourage sustainable economic growth and create a more livable downtown, Rochester plans to reconstruct a 2/3 mile stretch of the eastern segment of the Inner Loop between Monroe Avenue and Charlotte Street into a high quality complete city street.

The new at-grade street will tremendously enhance the area’s livability, allowing people to easily walk and bicycle between neighborhoods and downtown.




Typical Sections

Typical Sections

Broad Street Intersection East Avenue Intersection

Intersection with Broad Street

Intersection with East Avenue



In addition to the clear livability benefits, the developable land surrounding the loop will be transformed into a mixed use community that would provide Rochesterians and visitors with places to work, live, and play. The City has received many letters of support from the community including real estate developers, neighborhood groups and business associations, indicating as much.

Project Benefits

Reconstructing the Inner Loop East from an expressway to a complete street will produce a myriad of benefits, including:

  • Increasing Traffic Safety: The project will eliminate multiple, non-standard features and three federal-aid bridges, two of which are structurally deficient and in need of major rehabilitation.
  • Supporting Healthy Lifestyles and Improving Livability: By providing a boulevard with wide sidewalks and dedicated bicycle facilities while leveraging mixed-use infill development, the project encourages bicycle and pedestrian activity, helping to create a more livable and sustainable community.
  • Reconnecting Neighborhoods with Downtown: It will remove a significant barrier to redevelopment in the East End, one of Rochester’s most important downtown districts, and reconnect thriving east side neighborhoods with the downtown area.
  • Promoting Development: Completion of this project is expected to open roughly six acres of land to mixed-use redevelopment, which could leverage an additional 430,000 to 800,000 square feet of commercial and residential space. Reclaiming this land will raise local tax revenues, create jobs and generate private investment. The Benefit-Cost ratio of this project is conservatively estimated to be between 1.9 and 2.2.
  • Saving Money: Maintenance of this portion of the Inner Loop would exceed the cost of filling the loop in and creating an at-grade street, while providing none of the benefits listed above.


Funding has been secured to complete engineering and design for this transformative project. funding for construction of this project will be from the following funding sources:

Total: $20,995,036

  • Federal (TIGER): $16,781,036
  • State Match: $3,800,000
  • City Match: $414,000
  • To learn about all of the potential benefits of reconstructing the Inner Loop East, along with details on the proposed project, check out the Final Design Report:


 Conceptual Inner Loop Project Design  Inner Loop Design Overview

Public Participation

A public informational meeting, to present the construction implementation plan, was held on Thursday, Oct 9th, at 6pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, at the Bausch & Lomb Public Library.

A public informational meeting to present final design plans was held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Lodge at Martin Luther King Park.

A public informational meeting and Public Hearing was held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building.

The City hosted a pair of public open houses on November 6, 2013 to present and obtain feedback on refined design alternatives prior to completion of Preliminary Design.

A Public informational meeting was held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Rochester City Council Chambers.

First Fill Ceremony

Mayor Lovely A. Warren Hosted Federal, State, Local Representatives at Inner Loop First Fill Ceremony

Mayor Lovely Warren hosted federal, state and local representatives Monday at a First Fill Ceremony to mark the start of construction on the Inner Loop East Transformation Project. Leaders participating in the ceremony included U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter; N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; N.Y. State Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald; N.Y. State Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman David Gantt; N.Y. State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; N.Y. State Senator Ted O’Brien and Rochester City Council President Loretta Scott.

Project Schedule

Construction Begins November 2014
Construction Completion December 2017


Closure Dates

Inner Loop East closure December, 2014
Broad St Bridge Closure March 25, 2015
East Ave Bridge Closure Tentative – spring 2016
Monroe Ave Bridge Closure TBD (2016)


Construction Phasing (2014-2017)

Phase 1A Fill in Inner Loop, Build West Side of Union St
Phase 1B Build East Side of Union St
Phase 2 Build/Abandoned Pitkin St
Phase 3 build Monroe / Chestnut Area


Project Team

Project Management City of Rochester – Department of Environmental Services
Project Design  Stantec Consulting Services Inc
Construction  Catco Construction



If you have additional questions about the project, contact City Engineer Mr. James R. McIntosh, P.E. 428-6828 or Mr. Erik Frisch, Transportation Specialist at 428-6709.