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Park Rapids City Council recommends downtown streetscapes to engineer

The Park Rapids City Council recommended streetscape options for the Main Avenue reconstruction project Tuesday night.

Recommendations to the city engineer included:

Starting construction on the main four blocks of downtown, from Highway 34 to Fifth Street later in the season, around Aug. 1. Construction will start in May on the southern portion of Main Avenue. This way Main Avenue will be open during the peak business season. Jon Olson, the city's engineer, said this option could be risky, though. If the weather is not ideal construction could carry over into 2011.

Having a natural stone look to the decorative pavement.

Having concrete instead of bituminous on Main Avenue. Olson suggested concrete because there would be less maintenance in the long run.

Having one bench, trash bin and bike rack per node (12 total) and two trash bins mid-block.

Having customized benches, trash bins and bike racks. The council will keep these items out of the main contract. Olson said it would be easier to bid this way.

Having traditional lighting and repainting and reusing existing fixtures for part of the project.

Read more about the council's recommendations in Saturday's Enterprise.

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