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Broadway update: Underground utility work complete in phase one

Here's an update about Alexandria's Broadway reconstruction project, as provided by City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven today, June 20: 

"All of the major underground utility work is now complete in phase one.  Since the start of the project on May 12, we have installed approximately 6,300 feet of water, sewer and storm sewer mains and services.  The contractor is now completing the installation of four-inch diameter drain tile.  The remaining drain tile to be installed is on the east side of Broadway between Fifth and Sixth Avenue.  We expect this work to be completed today. 

"The contractor continues working on the installation of the concrete bases for the street lights.  This work is about half done now and will continue into next week.  Electrical conduit will be installed connecting each of the light pole bases. 

"The contractor is also completing the excavation of the sub-cut under the road.  This work should be completed in the next two days.  Following this excavation, the contractor will place 23-inches of select granular material which will be topped with seven-inches of class-five aggregate base.  The granular material and the class-five together will serve as the base for the concrete pavement. 

"All of the existing sidewalk in phase one has now been removed and plywood sheets and rubber mats have been installed in its place.  Access remains open to the front doors of all stores.

"The rain continues to make things difficult but the contractor is working diligently through the rain and is making good progress."

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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