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Park Rapids downtown Phase 2 completion still on schedule despite delays

Construction crews work to complete street grading on Fourth Street in downtown Park Rapids. The construction schedule calls for sidewalks to be poured in the next week and paving to begin soon after. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Progress is being made with downtown construction work, although some citizens expressed frustration that no paving or sidewalk pouring had been done.

Dick Rutherford said that Second Street has been ready for sidewalks and paving for weeks.

Project manager Jon Olson said the reason more concrete work hasn't been done is that it's difficult to get a contractor to come to town for a small amount of work. The contractor plans to do all the work at the same time and then it will go quickly, he said.

Other work has continued to progress.

Phase 2 underground work for downtown Park Rapids is nearly complete, Olson said, with alley work remaining.

Second Street is nearing completion and Third and Fourth Streets have been graded and are ready for curb and gutter work as well. Some electrical work has also been done.

"We hope to see concrete trucks running around here next week," Olson said.

The goal is to get Eighth Street open so work can begin on Phase 3. That road is key because it leads to the hospital.

Paving should also start next week or the week after.

Then, Olson said, people will really see the progress and it will come together quickly.

Looking at the construction schedule, Olson said Fifth Street won't be completed by the Fourth of July for the parade.

It has been decided to change the parade route. Instead of taking Main Avenue to Fifth Street and heading west the turn will be on Fourth Street. At Pleasant Avenue the parade route will continue south for one block and then continue west on Fifth Street.

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

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