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Broadway update: Phase one opens to traffic

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Alexandria Police Officer Chad Schroeder and City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven took a quick spin on the newly opened section of Broadway Friday.2 / 2

After 11 weeks of being under contruction, the first phase of Alexandria's Broadway project, from Third to Fifth Avenue, opened last night, Friday.

Police officer Chad Schroeder and his passenger, City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven, were the first to take a ride on the newly opened section yesterday. Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson shot a video of the occasion (included in this story).

Here's the latest information Schoonhoven provided Friday:

"Phase one of the Broadway project should open up to traffic by the end of the day today.  There are a few items left to be done in this phase, the most significant being the placement of the sidewalk near the planter boxes.  Two of these planter boxes have now been placed and the contractor is working on placing the other two that are located in phase one.  The sidewalk adjacent to these boxes cannot be placed until the boxes are completely ready.  We are planning on placing this sidewalk on Monday.  A few other items still need some attention.  The street lights have seen set but have not been adjusted to their final positions.  Also the street furniture such as benches, bike racks and bollards have not been installed.  These items have not arrived on-site yet and can be installed as soon as they arrive.  The trees and other plantings will not be installed until later this fall.

"The phase two  work continues going well.  The contractor completed the subgrade cut and is placing granular base material.  He is also installing the pole bases for the new traffic signals and holiday poles.  If all goes well, he should be pouring curb and gutter next week.  This phase is scheduled to take a total of about four weeks."

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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