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Second phase of Main Avenue construction will begin April 25 with repair work

Some of the decorative concrete on Main Avenue was damaged over the long winter from plowing. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

After a long, rough winter, some wear and tear is already showing on the newly constructed Main Avenue.

Citizen Dick Rutherford told the Park Rapids City Council Tuesday that parts of the center parking area on Main were peeling off and the curbs are wearing in some places.

"I'd just like to know how many of you have walked down Main street and seen how bad it is? ... They're terrible," he said. " ... I think it's about time the council walks Main street and takes a look at how bad it is. Because it's not good."

City administrator Bill Smith said public works and engineering have already looked around.

Some patching material will be purchased to fix the sidewalks, he said.

"It will look like a patch job but it will help a little bit. It will be an annual thing," Smith said.

City engineer Jon Olson said that the textured, colored concrete has some irregularities on the surface.

"It's not uncommon for the snowplow to catch those irregularities in areas and there certainly were some areas that were damaged more than others," he said.

The supplier of the colored concrete suggests sealing the colored concrete with a material that matches.

"It will have the same appearance as the undamaged concrete next to it," he said. "It's just something that in this climate you have to some degree expect."

Olson said this winter was probably one of the worst.

"It's a tough issue. I think the snow removal guys have really learned and they will probably do things a little bit differently next year in order to minimize the damage."

Smith said the public works department looked into rubber blades but they are very expensive and the life expectancy is not good.

Olson said the street was sealed last fall.

"We were hoping to get by with sealing every two years ... but it might be something we do on an annual basis," he said.

Construction crews will begin Monday, April 25 on the second phase of the project.

The second phase includes downtown side streets and the southern part of Main.

Granite lake inlays should be completed and installed by mid-May. A committee is also working on banners for the light poles. Trash cans and bike racks are being worked on, along with benches.

Weekly meetings will be held like last year for those who would like to hear about updates to the project. The first Main Avenue construction meeting will be at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 21 at Bella Caffé.

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