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What's happening on Broadway?

This drawing shows how Broadway is expected to look, between 6th and 7th Avenue, after a reconstruction project next summer. The street will be slightly narrower and include new features such as wider sidewalks, plantings and safer pedestrian crossings. (Contributed drawing from Widseth Smith Nolting)

The main artery running through the heart of Alexandria will be under construction next summer.

Here’s a chance to find out more.

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The city of Alexandria will host an open house, “Redesigning Alexandria’s Downtown – the Broadway Reconstruction Project,” this Thursday, October 24.

It will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Douglas County Public Works.

The project design is es­sentially complete, with construction expected to begin in May 2014 on a five-block section of Broadway between 3rd and 8th Avenue.

Final project completion is expected by October 2014.

The public is invited to drop by the open house to view the new street design, which city leaders say is safe and welcoming for everyone: young, old, physically disabled, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

City staff and consultant representatives will be available throughout the open house to answer questions about the project design, construction schedule, access and detours.

The focus of the Broadway Reconstruction Project is economic enhancement, with no loss of parking, no loss of traffic lanes, the replacement of aging infrastructure and the addition of beautification amenities, such as benches, trees and landscaping.

The meeting is an open house format; you may attend at a time that is convenient for you. There will be no formal presentation.

Right now, workers are replacing existing water and sewer lines and adding new infrastructure on side streets along Broadway as a prelude to next year’s project. They’re also reconstructing two city parking lots – the Coldwell Banker lot on 7th Avenue East and the Traveler's Inn lot between 5th and 6th Avenue East.

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.

The project will add a wider sidewalk on the west side of Broadway and create shorter and safer pedestrian crosswalks.

The reconstructed road will have the same number of lanes, five – two southbound, two northbound and a center turning lane.

The lanes will be slightly narrower, going from between 12 and 13 feet wide to 11 feet in some sections, the same width as the lanes from 3rd Avenue to Nokomis Street.

The project also includes replacing three traffic signals, water and sewer services, valves, fire hydrants, manholes, pavement repair, lighting, striping and turf restoration.

The work is a cooperative effort involving the city, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Alexandria Light and Power and Alexandria Lakes Area Sanitary District.

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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