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Broadway update: Roof drains complicate work

Here's an update about Alexandria's Broadway reconstruction project, as provided by City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven on Friday, June 13:

"The contractor is completing the final watermain tie-in at Fifth Avenue. At this time, all of the old watermain has been disconnected and the businesses are connected to the new watermain.  Most of these connections are permanent but some are temporary connections that will require more work later on during this project.  The contractor continues to work extending and connecting water and sanitary sewer services to the individual businesses. 

"The installation of the storm sewer main has been completed.  There are still a number of storm water catch basins and leads that need to be installed.  We encountered approximately eight roof drains extending from the buildings to Broadway that were unmapped.  Adjustments were made to the plan and these drains are now being connected to the storm sewer system.  This is difficult work that is slowing the overall progress somewhat. 

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

"The contractor has started to sub-cut the street between Third and Fourth Avenue.  This work involves the removal of the existing material to approximately three-feet below the final elevation of the street to allow for the placement of granular material that will serve as the base for the concrete pavement.  More sections of existing sidewalk have been removed to allow for utility connections to the buildings but access remains to the front doors of all stores.  The contractor will be working this Saturday."

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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