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A freshly poured sidewalk on Main Avenue is being sprayed with a coating. Pedestrians are reminded not to walk on the sidewalks until they're completed. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Pedestrians asked to stay off wet sidewalks on Main

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Concrete work will continue on Main Avenue for the next few weeks.

"There's not much new, but we've had terrific weather," said project manager Jon Olson. "That has been in our favor."


Decorative concrete work is being completed from Highway 34 to 3rd Street.

From 3rd Street to 5th Street crews will continue to work on sidewalks and begin main line concrete paving and decorative concrete.

Concrete workers have had some issues with people walking on freshly poured concrete despite barriers. The public is reminded to stay off of the sidewalks if they are blocked off. The concrete might need to be redone if someone walks on it.

An incident Thursday afternoon also stressed the importance of staying off the road until construction is completed - a person drove a vehicle onto Main Avenue.

Dick Rutherford attended Thursday's weekly construction meeting and had a concern about the light poles. He said some of them are not in line and should be looked at.

Olson said he would make sure the poles are in the correct locations.

Cynthia Jones asked if all the sidewalks would be complete by Saturday, Oct. 30 because that will be a busy evening downtown. About 1,000 kids walk up and down Main to trick-or-treat for Halloween.

The sidewalks should be done, the contractors said.

If the weather holds out, the end date for construction this year is around Nov. 1.

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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