Inner Loop

The Inner Loop was a short freeway circling downtown Rochester. The eastern section was closed as part of the project to reconstruct Union Street as a two lane, two way street and make the area less intimidating to pedestrians.

The Inner Loop was concieved in the 1950s when Rochester's population was 33% higher than in 2000. The majority of the route was completed by 1965, but the western end was not constructed for at least a decade. Over the years, alterations have been made to the termini at both ends of the route.

The Inner Loop in 1971
The Inner Loop in 2016

The complete Inner Loop, in 1971 (top; imagery from Historic Aerials), and 2016 (bottom)

1971 Inner Loop at Plymouth

The western end of the Inner Loop in 1971 at Plymouth Avenue

1971 Inner Loop/I-490 at Plymouth

The 1971 Inner Loop/I-490 at Plymouth Avenue

2002 western end of the Inner Loop

The western end of the Inner Loop at I-490 in 2002, including the interchanges at Plymouth Avenue

1971 I-490/Inner Loop interchange
2002 I-490/Inner Loop interchange
2016 I-490/Inner Loop interchange

The interchange with I-490 on the east end has been modified twice, first to construct a true freeway to freeway interchange (including extra ramps and right of way for planned I-390) and again to turn one of the ramps from the Inner Loop to I-490 east into a ramp from Byron Street, providing access from the local streets.

2002 Inner Loop along Union Street
Eastern end at Union Street
I-490 interchange with Howell Street

The project to reconstruction Union Street utilizes a connection to I-490 via a reconstructed Howell Street. The Inner Loop is realigned to end at Union Street.