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Broadway update: Watermains tested

Here's an update on Alexandria's Broadway reconstruction project as provided by City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven on June 3:

The phase 1 watermain is being pressure tested and readied for connection to the buildings.  This work will continue this week as more individual businesses are being switched over from the old main to the new.  The sanitary sewer main has now been extended to the mid block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.  The contractor is also extending sanitary sewer services from the new main to the buildings.  The storm sewer main is just behind the sanitary sewer and is currently extended to just north of Fifth Avenue.  Storm sewer manholes and catch basins are being installed along with the new main. 

Work to replace a gas main has now started in Fourth Avenue.

The rain over the weekend has not slowed us down very much as the contractor continues to make good progress.

A side note from Mayor Sara Carlson: In order to encourage people to come downtown, more than two dozen stores are remaining open until 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings. This is part of a promotion they are calling, “Stop, Shop and Stroll!” The reasoning behind the stores staying open later on Thursday nights is to connect with the music on the Courthouse Lawn provided by the Red Willow Arts Coalition. "This would be a great time for concert attendees to walk around downtown and check out our unique stores," Carlson said.

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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