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Broadway update: All pavement removed in phase 1

Here is the latest information on the Broadway reconstruction project in Alexandria,  as provided by City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven:

The contractor has now completed the removal of all of the existing pavement in phase 1.  They have also removed all of the curb and gutter, brick pavers, and light poles.  The work is now focusing on removal of the existing underground steam lines and associated structures.  There are two steam lines running parallel to each other in this section of Broadway.  The distribution line is a 10-12 inch steel line which is encased in a 16-inch clay tile.  The return line is a 4-6 inch line encased in an 8-inch clay tile.  The removal of this material takes special handling and disposal techniques.

The contractor also made a connection to the existing water main at the north end of the project and will be extending a new 8-inch PVC water main south from this location starting next week.  Water service to the downtown area was disrupted for approximately four hours on Tuesday while this work was being done.  From this point on, water service will generally be available at all times except for minor disruptions to each business at the time of hook-up.  The contractor is also working in the basements of several businesses getting ready for the installation of individual water services. This is very difficult work in that it involves disconnecting and connecting to very old and brittle service lines.

An orange barrier fence has been installed between the remaining sidewalk and the work zone for all of phase 1.  The sidewalk immediately in front of each business remains in place and is open to pedestrians.

Weather permitting, the contractor will be working the Saturday.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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