6/10/2014 1:39:00 PM Dodge Center
Main Street Project started this week
By Larry Dobson
Work on the Dodge Center Main Street Project should be underway by the time this week's Star Herald is delivered. Signs advising that the street will close Thursday, June 12 were placed last Friday.
The first step in actually making changes begins with electricians disconnecting the street light system, which was to be done Tuesday, June 10, and street light pole removal should be underway on Wednesday, June 11. Street lights are expected to be off until late August.
After the street is closed on Thursday, removal will begin of concrete on the block of Main Street east of Central Avenue. Sidewalks will be cut about four feet in front of Main Street buildings to leave a walkway to businesses, with snow fence providing a barrier between sidewalk and street construction.
Sewer and water service under the street is being replaced, which will require brief interruptions of service to businesses and apartments on Main Street. The contractor plans to schedule the interruptions to minimize their impact on utility customers, and customers will be notified in advance of pending service interruptions.
Work on Main Street west of Central Avenue will begin when the east side is done and is expected to begin late in July. The process will be the same as on the east side.
Underground work is expected to be completed before the end of August, unless weather interferes, and the plan calls for the street to be reopened to traffic shortly after that. The final overlay on the pavement will not be completed until next year.