Sidewalks in downtown Park Rapids could be completed by Thursday
Sidewalk work has begun on downtown side streets in Park Rapids.
A rainy Wednesday made for difficult work for crews that day. But during the last week a lot of electrical work has been done, along with grading, curb and gutter and alley work.
Underground crews transitioned into Phase 3.
Project superintendent Jeff Wipper said he expected all sidewalks to be completed by Thursday, June 23. Bituminous paving crews will be working throughout the week as well, he expects.
People can expect to see an increase in truck traffic due to the sidewalk work and bituminous paving. Highway 71 will be busy with truck traffic, Wipper said.
Weather can be a factor in the progress of construction. Sidewalks can't be poured in rain and need time to cure.
Milling will be done on Main Avenue between 5th and 8th Street. Crews will be working with businesses in that section to make sure access stays open for customers.
The Fourth of July parade route has been changed to accommodate downtown construction.
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.
Banners to hang on poles along Main Avenue should be in place before July 4.
"The goal is to have things looking great by July 4," said project engineer Jon Olson.
Weekly meetings will continue at 8 a.m. Thursdays at Bella Caffé. The next meeting is June 23.