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home : government : cities/towns September 15, 2014

11/4/2013 12:00:00 PM
Frontage Road project nearly complete
Bill Angerman, city engineer, says crews could begin striping on most of the Frontage Road soon. He added that the project is in line with its $4.29 million budget. Photo by David Richards
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Bill Angerman, city engineer, says crews could begin striping on most of the Frontage Road soon. He added that the project is in line with its $4.29 million budget.

Photo by David Richards

By David Richards

Thirty seven new light poles went up in recent weeks, with pavement striping to begin soon.

Byron's Frontage Road renovation that kicked off just after Memorial Day Weekend is nearing completion for the year, with finishing touches left for the spring.

"Generally speaking, the project has gone well," said Bill Angerman, city engineer. "There's always a few bumps in the road, pardon the pun."

Angerman said those bumps include wet soil at the start of the Tenth Avenue portion of the $4.29 million project, which required hauling out the wet soil and replacing it with dryer soil.

For now, the renovation is still making process, with crews from Haselton Construction, based out of Faribault, aiming to get as much finished before the snow falls.

"By Thanksgiving, we'll probably be done for the year," Angerman said.

Still left, as of this writing, is the first lift, or layer, of black top on the stretch from Byron Avenue to Kwik Trip. The road up to that point has already one lift, with the second expected late last week. Angerman said the second lift of the stretch between Byron Avenue and Kwik Trip may have to wait until spring along with the final landscaping plantings, such as flowers.

The new light poles that crews placed in recent weeks replaced the older poles, which were also fewer in number.

"The goal was to improve safety and visibility," Angerman said.

For five months now, at least some portion of Byron's Frontage Road has been under construction, and earlier this summer, businesses closest to the beginning of the project such as Market Place grocery store and Subway were reporting slower sales.

"We appreciate everyone's patience," Angerman said.

In June, Market Place owner Randy Fogelson was optimistic about the end result.

"It will be well worth it," he said.


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