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Digging begins on Broadway side streets

Workers from Mark Lee Excavating dug more than eight feet underground Wednesday to get to the waterline underneath 5th Avenue East. Al Edenloff, Echo Press1 / 2
Two side streets off Alexandria's Broadway, 5th and 7th Avenue, are under construction and are closed to traffic from Broadway to Fillmore Street. Crews will move on to 4th and 8th Avenues next. Al Edenloff, Echo Press2 / 2

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.

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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