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Broadway update: Backhoes make good progress

Good progress is being made on installing the underground utilities on Broadway, according to Alexandria City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven. He provided the following update about the Broadway reconstruciton on Tuesday:

"There are currently four backhoes working on the two-block stretch of phase three of the Broadway project.  The two backhoes on the north end of the project are installing watermain and sanitary sewer services. The watermain has been extended about halfway between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.  Tees and valves for water services are being installed along with the main.  The contractor will come back later and extend the water services into the buildings.  He is currently working in the basements of several of the buildings in preparation for the water connection. The sanitary sewer main has been installed for all of phase three.  The contractor will continue to work on installing the sewer service connections between the buildings and the main for the next week or so. 

"The backhoe in the Seventh Avenue intersection is working to install a new gas main across Broadway.  The backhoe in Eighth Avenue is working on the installation of a storm sewer crossing structure.  This structure is a large precast concrete box, 5’ wide by 12’ long that provides separation between sanitary and storm sewer mains. 

"The contractor is making good progress on the installation of these underground utilities."

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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