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Underground utility work nearly complete downtown

Construction work in downtown Park Rapids was delayed slightly because of power outages but some curb and gutter work was done.

The project as a whole is still on schedule for completion by the end of June, said project engineer Jon Olson.

Progress was also made with underground utility work. Crews have finished underground work on Second, Third and Fourth streets and have moved south to Eighth Street. The underground work on Eighth should be completed by the end of the week.

Irrigation has been placed to water the trees along Main and the granite lake inlays have been reset.

"I think they look real nice," Olson said.

Flower baskets were in place for Memorial Day weekend and stayed up through Monday night's storm. Some leaves and flowers were lost but the baskets persevered.

Construction crews will be placing gravel on side streets Monday for grading. By Tuesday more concrete should be poured.

Citizen Dick Rutherford said he had heard concerns about garbage haulers not being able to empty dumpsters behind the Royal Bar and Schwarzwald Inn because of limited access. Olson said he would make sure that is a priority and relay the concern to construction crews.

Bituminous pavement will be placed on all side streets beginning the week of June 13. Crews said that will go very fast - a couple days at most.

"Next week we'll discuss phasing, especially Fifth Street," Olson said, referring to the road being used for the Fourth of July parade. The hope is to have that road completed and open by the Fourth of July so the parade route won't need to change.

Parking continues to be available along Main Avenue, Highway 71 and Pleasant Avenue, with downtown side streets closed off to traffic.

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

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