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Broadway update: Paving to begin today

Big changes will be happening on Broadway. Here's the latest update about Alexandria's Broadway reconstruction project as provided by City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven today, Friday:

"The first mainline paving is happening today.  If all goes well the outside two travel lanes between Fourth and Sixth Avenues will be paved by the end of the day today.  The concrete pavement is 7-inches thick and has steel reinforcing bars at all joints. Approximately 540 cubic yards of concrete will be placed today.  Concrete test samples are being taken throughout the day.  These test samples will be stored in an underwater bath and are tested for compression strength at various intervals (1 day, 2 days, 1 week, 2 weeks and 1 month).  Joints in the concrete will be sawed according to a set pattern.  This sawing needs to happen approximately six-hours after the concrete is placed. 

"The concrete will gain strength quickly and will be strong enough for carry the load of limited construction operations after two or three days.  After today, the concrete paving will continue in a staggered pattern, with alternate lanes being paved and allowed to cure before proceeding to the next step.

"Concrete sidewalk installation will begin next week and will continue until the end of phase 1.    

"Curb and gutter installation will continue next week along with the installation of the remaining electrical and irrigation conduits. 

"Access remains open to the front doors of all stores.  The contractor will work with each store individually as we begin the sidewalk installation phase of the project.

"The contractor will be working this weekend." 

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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