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Concrete work, including sidewalks, curb and gutter is in full swing in Main Avenue this week. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 2
Concrete work, including sidewalks, curb and gutter is in full swing in Main Avenue this week. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 2

Concrete work is in full swing on Main Avenue, with a number of crews working on sidewalks, curb and gutter and street work.

"It's looking fairly busy out there now," said project manager Jon Olson.

Underground work is complete on Main Avenue. Last week's work included street grading, class 5 placement, electrical/lighting work, irrigation and concrete work.

The short-range schedule is to begin pouring decorative concrete this week between Highway 34 and 3rd Street.

From 3rd Street to 5th Street curb and gutter will continue, along with sidewalk pouring main line paving.

Contractors are getting a jump start on next spring's portion of the project by beginning sanitary sewer replacements in the alleys on the east side between 8th and 5th Streets.

The project continues to be on schedule, with the end date for this fall set at Oct. 30.

"We're still trending on track, with one exception, the lighting," Olson said.

He said that work depends on when the light poles arrive. Those can be installed any time, however, he said.

With different light pole locations, some businesses will need to have modifications made to awnings. This will be worked out on an individual basis with the affected business owners.

With the extensive concrete work this last week contractors haven't been able to park on Main Avenue and some workers have been parking on the side streets. Olson said he will try to fix that situation so those parking spots are available for customers.

He credits good contractors and good weather for the on-schedule project.

Weekly meetings will continue at 8 a.m. Thursdays at Bella Caffé.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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