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Broadway update: Phase two to open to traffic today

Alexandria's Broadway reconstruction project has reached another milestone.  If all goes well today (Friday), phase two will open to traffic by the end of the day, according to City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven.

"By then, the last of the sidewalk should be poured and the traffic signal will be operational," he said. "We will use temporary lane striping to open the intersection and will paint the permanent striping on Monday.  The placement of pavers will be started today and will continue into the first part of next week.  Minor items such as the installation of the bollards, benches and bike racks will also follow as soon as possible. 

"A lot of work was done on phase two this week," Schoonhoven added. "Sidewalk was poured every day starting on Tuesday. The asphalt paving of Sixth Avenue was done on Wednesday and Thursday.  The two large gray planter boxes were placed yesterday."

Phase three is scheduled to start on Monday.

"As was the case on the first two phases, the detour signage will go up first thing Monday," said Schoonhoven. "The initial work will be the removal of the existing pavement between Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue." 

A temporary access to the Bremer Bank drive-through has been constructed between the City Hall parking lot and the bank.  During phase three, customers can access the drive-through from Seventh Street via Fillmore Street.

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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