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Broadway update: Project is about a week behind schedule

Here's the latest on Alexandria's Boradway reconstruction project, as provided by City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven today, June 17:

"Work continues on the installation of water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer services to the buildings and the setting of storm sewer catch basins.  This installation is the last of the major underground on this phase of the project.  The remaining underground work consists of smaller shallower conduit and pipes.  The contractor has started installing drain tile along both sides of the street between Third and Fourth Avenue.  This drain tile is 4-inch diameter perforated PVC pipe which goes about 2-feet below the curb.  The drain tile connects to the catch basins on each block. 

"The sub-cut of the street has now advanced from Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue.  Small areas of poor soil have been encountered and removed but for the most part, the existing soil is being mixed with other imported material and used on site. 

"Work continues on the installation of concrete bases for street lights. 

"Despite working long days and working through the rain, the combination of the continuous wet weather and unforeseen underground utilities has started to affect the project schedule.  We are currently about one week behind our projected schedule and are now looking to complete the first phase shortly after the fourth of July 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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