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Broadway update: Phase 2 work begins

Alexandria's Broadway reconstruction work hit another glitch, this one involving concrete grading work, but the project continues to make headway.

Here's the latest update from City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven on July 11:

The work on Phase 2 will start on Monday morning (July 14).  Phase 2 consists of the intersection of 6th Avenue from where the pavement ends on phase 1 to approximately 75 feet south of the Sixth Avenue/Broadway intersection.  Already the contractor has started installing some of the directional signage for this phase.  The first work on phase 2 will consist of the removal of the existing pavement, sidewalk and curb and gutter.  The contractor plans on starting on the removal of the steam lines and existing underground utilities by mid week.

The contractor continues to work on the placement of sidewalk in phase 1.  This work started at the north end of the project on the west side of Broadway and is continuing south.  The contractor is concentrating on the sections of sidewalk closest to the buildings.  This portion of sidewalk will be reopened for access to the front of the businesses as soon as it is ready.  There are three colors of concrete that make up the sidewalk along with a strip of pavers.  Each of the three colors of sidewalk is being formed and poured separately.  Pavers will be placed along the outside edge of the sidewalk in a wave pattern.  The contractor is working very hard to complete this work but it is slow work that must be done carefully.  He is working with the businesses individually to maintain access as the work proceeds in front of each building. 

The contractor is also continuing to work on the excavation and placement of special soil at the tree locations and is setting the forms for the footings for the first of the tree grates.  As of this morning (July 11), there were two tree locations yet to be excavated.  We expect this work to be completed July 11. 

A portion of the concrete paving on the outside edge of  the parking lanes between Fifth and Sixth Avenue was found to be poured about 2 ½ inches higher than planned.  The City worked with MnDOT and with the contractor to identify this issue and come up with a solution.  Ultimately, it was determined that the parking lane from approximately 75’ south of Fifth Avenue to the south end of phase 1 near Sixth Avenue needed to be removed and replaced.  This work will start tomorrow (July 12) and will be completed early this week.  We don’t expect this work to have a significant impact on the overall project schedule.  We will be meeting with the contractor on Monday to review and update the phase 1 schedule. 

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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