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Broadway update: Workers to install planter boxes

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Businesses in the phase one area of Alexandria's Broadway reconstruction project now have new sidewalks. Here's the latest update provided by City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven this morning, Tuesday:

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"The contractor continues to place concrete sidewalk at the intersections of Fouth and Fifth Avenues.  All of the businesses in phase 1 now have front door access to the new sidewalk.  The contractor is now working very hard on the installation of the brick pavers. The pavers are being placed in a wave pattern in an area between the sidewalk and the curb.  At this time, pavers have been placed on the west side of Broadway between Fourth and Fifth Avenue.  The contractor is working this morning placing the pavers between Third and Fourth Avenue.  When this work is done, he plans on moving on to the east side of the street and continuing from north to south.  An additional crew of paver layers will be starting today and will continue on the project until all of the work is done in phase one.

"The contractor started working on replacing the handicap ramps and adjacent sidewalk at the intersection of Third Avenue and Broadway.  This is a relatively small area of work.  We expect the new concrete to be poured in this area this week. 

"Also this week, the contractor started installing the new street lights.  About half of the street lights in phase one were installed yesterday.  The remainder should be installed today and tomorrow. 

"The contractor will also start the installation of the planter boxes.  These boxes are made of precast concrete and also serve as seating areas.  These boxes are located at the bump-outs.

"The phase two work continues and is going well.  The contractor has now installed the sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer main and is working on the installation of the water and sewer services and storm sewer catch basins and laterals." 

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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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