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Big project to begin on Geneva Road

Echo Press graphic The stretch of Geneva Road from McKay Avenue to Birch Avenue will be widened to accommodate bike lanes.

It's been in the works for about 10 years, but now it looks like it's finally going to happen.

A one-mile stretch of Geneva Road is set to receive a major upgrade beginning this fall that will include repaving, widening the street and adding two bicycle lanes.

The Alexandria City Council awarded a $646,312 bid from Central Specialties in Alexandria to do the project.

The project will be funded entirely through state and federal grants at no cost to the city.

Geneva Road will be completely rebuilt from McKay Avenue to Birch Avenue. The road will be widened six feet to accommodate the bike lanes, which will link to other bicycle routes in the area, including the one on Birch Avenue.

A preconstruction meeting is set for next Wednesday. The project will begin soon after that.

The road will be closed during construction this fall, until about mid-November, according to City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven.

The road will be opened again to traffic until the project resumes next spring. The work is expected to be completed in June 2011.

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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