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Concrete work in full swing next week on Main

Concrete curb and gutter work has begun on Main Avenue. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Rain this week delayed some concrete work but "things are progressing," said project manager Jon Olson.

Water mains and sanitary sewer mains have been completely installed on Main Avenue, Olson said. This week, installation of service laterals between 5th and 3rd Streets was expected to be completed.

"The storm sewer should be done next week," he added, noting that is "a big milestone to put behind us."

Between Highway 34 and 3rd Street concrete curb and gutter work has begun, along with mainline street work.

"It's going to start to look a little different out there," Olson said.

Next week, sidewalks will be poured between Highway 34 and 3rd Street, which could mean some interruptions to front door access for businesses. Concrete needs to cure for about 24 hours before being opened to pedestrian traffic, he said.

Many businesses have back door entrances for the public to use. Alleys are being used as pedestrian walkways.

Contractors will work closely with the businesses that will be affected by the sidewalk work to make the interruptions as minimal as possible.

"We're tracking right toward our original schedule," Olson said. "That's unheard of."

Soon, samples of the colored design concrete will be poured in Pioneer Park for the public to see before it is added to the street and sidewalks.

The Enterprise will include information about the sample concrete as it is available. Check back in future editions.

Construction will continue next spring with work on the side streets.

Weekly construction 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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