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Downtown Park Rapids open to traffic for the 4th

"Positively Park Rapids! A Main Street Experience" banners are proudly displayed downtown. (Abbie Grossman / Enterprise intern)

Construction crews have been busy cleaning up the first four blocks of downtown Park Rapids before the Fourth of July weekend arrives.

Side streets between Highway 34 and Fourth Street were on schedule to be open by the weekend, said project engineer Jon Olson. The first two phases of the downtown revitalization project are nearly completed.

Concrete work, including the colored concrete, is being completed. The portion of Main that was torn up to repair a water leak last week has been repaired. The sidewalk will be open to pedestrian traffic in that section, however the portion of the street will be blocked off until Monday.

A few light poles were realigned and were on schedule to be put up by the weekend. All street lights should be working.

The barricades that have been in place along Second, Third and Fourth streets will be removed by the weekend, allowing for parking throughout downtown. Fifth Street will also be open to traffic, however it will just be gravel. Alleys will also be open to traffic, although they are not completed.

Construction on the third phase of the project, which includes underground utility placement and street work on the southern portion of Main Avenue and side streets between Fifth and Eighth streets is still ongoing.

The phase three construction is ahead of schedule. Sewer main and storm sewer work could be completed within a week.

A second layer of asphalt on downtown side streets won't be placed until after the summer tourist season. An asphalt ramp will be placed on those areas where there is a large difference in the surface between streets. This will be milled off when the second layer is placed.

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

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