Digging begins on Broadway side streets
Heavy machinery is digging deep underground on side streets off Alexandria's busy Broadway.
Right now, workers are replacing existing water and sewer lines and adding new infrastructure on 5th and 7th Avenue between Fillmore Street and Broadway. New manholes are also being added.
Once that's accomplished and the streets are resurfaced and open by the end of this month, workers will move on to 4th and 6th Avenue, also between Fillmore and Broadway. The project is expected to wrap up in September.
Mark Lee Excavating of Alexandria is doing the work. It submitted the low bid of $415,884, which will be covered through state aid funds.
Also, after Labor Day, work will begin to reconstruct two city parking lots - the Coldwell Banker lot on 7th Avenue East and the Traveler's Inn lot between 5th and 6th Avenue East.
It's about a $350,000 project. Business owners with property near the lots will be assessed most of the cost and the city is picking up the rest.
The parking lot work will be completed by the end of the construction season, according to City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven.
The side streets and parking lot improvements are a prelude to a much bigger project - complete reconstruction of Broadway between 3rd and 8th Avenue in 2014.
The Broadway project will be done in three phases. Phase one will start just south of 3rd Avenue and continue short of 6th Avenue. Phase two is the intersection of 6th and Broadway and the final phase will go from 6th to 8th Avenue.