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Broadway update: Curb work begins today

Here's an update of Alexandria's Broadway reconstruciton project as provided by City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven today, Wednesday:

"The first of the curb and gutter will be placed today.   The first sections poured will be the tangent (straight) sections between the blocks. This curb and gutter will be poured with a curb and gutter machine.  The later curved sections around the intersections will be hand poured.  We expect about 800-feet of curb and gutter to be poured today.  

"The contractor is continuing to prepare the sub-grade of the road and place aggregate base.  This base material is being tested for compaction as the work proceeds.  The contractor is also continuing to pour concrete bases for street lights.  This work should be complete by Friday. 

"Most of the irrigation conduit in phase one has now been placed.  This work should be complete today or tomorrow. 

"The contractor is also continuing to install electrical conduit behind the curb on both sides of the street.  This conduit will provide power to the street lights, traffic lights, bollards and holiday poles.  There will also be electrical outlets provided at each of the tree locations for use in lighting the trees during the holidays. 

"On Monday, CenturyLink began installing a new conduit in Sixth Avenue between Fillmore and Hawthorne.  This work is technically in phase two but the city allowed the work to proceed because of concerns about the condition of the old line.  This work should be done by tomorrow. 

"MnDOT is also working south of phase one between Sixth and Eighth Avenue taking soil samples with a small drill rig.  The purpose of this work is to try to identify any sources of poor material prior to the excavation work starting on the next phases." 

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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