Sara Carlson, Alexandria Mayor
As you can see, we have finally come to the end of the Broadway reconstruction project! By the time you read this, you should be able to drive down Broadway – all the way down Broadway – or you will be able to very soon! You might see some amenities go in, some plantings and a lot of people working on the punch list, to make things right.
Last of the paving of Broadway is finished We are definitely coming to the end of the Broadway Project. Can you believe it? In a few short weeks we will cut the ribbon and drive down the street and before long it will just be a memory with a great outcome that will last us well into the next generation! The curb and gutter is complete and work started on the sidewalks this week. As in the first two phases, the sidewalk is made up of three colors of concrete. Each of these colors is formed and poured separately. Then come the pavers, lights, etc.
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The update on the project this week: The contractor is finishing the underground work and getting ready to do the sub-cut with the granular material. Then the sand and the class 5 material will start to build the street. You know this story! Next week, if all goes well, they will start curb and gutter work. You will also see the stop light at Fifth Avenue will be out for about a week as the base was set low and needs to be raised.
School has started, Labor Day has past and we’re into September! It seems the summer just flew by. Here we are at the final few weeks of the project. At this point, all of the sanitary sewer main and services have been installed. There are three water services left to connect: Alextronics, Bremer Bank and City Hall. We still need to make the watermain connection on Seventh Avenue from Broadway to the main that was installed last year. There is a small amount of concrete sidewalk and curb removal yet to go but most of that is complete.
PROJECT DRAWS VISITORS We had some fun visitors this past week! The governor came to Alexandria for a roundtable discussion and took time to visit the project and take pictures with special visitors from MnDOT – after all, this is a state highway. He was impressed and said it seemed like a great project. Dr. Laura Urban, the new president of Alexandria Technical and Community College, stopped by and visited as well. She replaces Kevin Kopischke and will be a great asset to our college and our community.
The Party on Broadway was a great success and lots of fun! Thanks to all who had a part in making it a success and to all those who participated in the fun! That was followed up by Community Night Out, Tuesday night, which was another great success and I would like to thank our police department, all city employees and those who donated items for that event. On to the Broadway project: there you will notice the contractor continues to make good progress on Phase 2. The first of the sidewalk was placed on Tuesday and will continue this week.