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Broadway update: Work begins at Sixth Avenue

Alexandria's Broadway reconstruction project is moving ahead to phase two while work is finishing up on phase one. Here's the latest update from City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven, as of today, Tuesday:

"The contractor started on phase two yesterday.  This work is concentrated near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Broadway.  By the end of the day, all of the pavement, curb and gutter, and sidewalk had been removed.  The contractor also took down the existing traffic signal poles and street lights.  Temporary sidewalk will be set up this morning and underground excavation will begin.  The first part of the underground work will be the removal of the existing steam lines.  All together, phase two is expected to take about four weeks. 

"The contractor continues to pour sidewalk and curb and gutter on phase one.  This work started at the north end of the project and continues south.  A second sidewalk crew will be starting today and will stay on-site until all of the sidewalk on phase one is complete.  All three colors of concrete can now be seen on the west side of Broadway between Fourth and Fifth Avenue.  The installation of the landscape pavers will begin today.  The pavers are being placed on the outside edge of the sidewalk in a wave pattern between the sidewalk and the curb and gutter.  Also today the contractor will be paving the asphalt pavement portions of Fourth and Fifth Avenue on both sides of Broadway.  These areas are the connections from the existing streets to the new concrete pavement on Broadway." 

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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