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Mayor's Minute: Thoughts from Sara Carlson, Alexandria Mayor, The buzz on Broadway

John Perino (left) and Al Crowser (middle) go over issues with staff before meeting with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Many other legislators were informed about the Broadway project. (Contributed)

Crisp, clean white light on Broadway

This week I wrote my article from Washington, D.C., where I attended an energy summit on Capitol Hill.

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Al Crowser, manager of ALP Utilities, John Perino, board of directors of ALP Utilities and a member of the Policy Makers Committee for American Public Power Association and I were sponsored by the Missouri River Energy Services.

The purpose of this summit was to attend a day of education on what is happening nationally with power, energy prices and energy sources across the country. Then a day meeting with, educating, and lobbying our legislators.

This will affect us directly in Alexandria, as the EPA continues to impose regulations on power sources.

On that note I want to update you on energy on Broadway as I updated our legislators on the progress of our Broadway project.

The previous street lights on Broadway were replicas of the original downtown streetlights when there was a boulevard and have been up for more than 20 years.

These old high pressure sodium lights had large wattage needs and were energy efficient for that time period, however the new LED lights will total a 66 percent savings in energy by using only one-third of the energy demand.

The new LED technology provides a brighter, more crisp, clean white light. The new street lights were designed to meet the expectations that MNDOT sets for a road of this type.

The new streetlight poles also allow flag holders, banner brackets and flower pot arms to be attached. Inside of each pole an irrigation system is in place with the controls located in City Hall. This information is from Megan Chisholm at ALP Utilities.

We reached a milestone. We are now at the halfway point in the Broadway project! We have installed 6,500 feet of water, sewer and storm sewer lines, 15,000 square feet of sidewalk, and 70,000 square feet of concrete pavement. We have placed more than half a mile of curb and gutter and installed almost four miles of electrical wiring.

Phase one of the project is now open from Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue. Barrels have been pulled from Third Avenue so that you can turn right or left onto Broadway from Third. While some items remain (primarily benches and landscaping), the street is open to both pedestrians and vehicles.

Phase two is approximately half done. All of the underground work is complete. The concrete work has just started to go down and curb and gutter is in.

Phase three is scheduled to start on Monday, August 11. This phase goes from just south of Sixth Avenue to just south of Eighth Avenue.

On Broadway tonight, Friday, is the Party on Broadway! Don’t miss it!

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Feel free to contact me at mayorcarlson@ or write to City Hall at 704 Broadway; or to the Echo Press at PO Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.