Posted: Monday, 12 August 2013 5:55AM

Construction Work Continues on the Broadway Avenue Streetscape and Infrastructure Project in Albert Lea



ALBERT LEA (TEC-AL) - August 12 - Construction continues to progress on the Broadway Avenue Streetscape and Infrastructure Project.  Broadway Avenue from Fountain Street to Clark Street, including the Clark Street intersection and Water Street is expected to be re-opened to traffic and parking by Friday, August 9. 

Although installation of some of the streetscape amenities such as street lights, trees, benches, planters, etc., is expected to continue into October, that work will be completed without closing the street again.  Construction activities on Broadway Avenue between Clark Street and William Street will continue for several more weeks.  The sidewalks construction and street paving in this block is expected to be completed in two weeks, after which time the street will be re-opened for parking. Construction will move into the block of Broadway Avenue between William Street and Main Street starting on Monday, August 12. 

Although this block will be closed to traffic and parking starting on the 12th, the sidewalks next to the buildings in this block will be left in place for two to three weeks to allow pedestrian traffic and access to the business entrances.  This is the last block of Broadway Avenue to be reconstructed under the project, and the work is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. Access to the businesses on Broadway Avenue will be maintained throughout construction, except during short periods of time when digging is required near the entrances and while the new sidewalk is being poured.  Many of the businesses have rear accesses and signs will be provided to help guide customers in the right direction.  Parking on Broadway Avenue will continue to be limited as construction activities continue, but ample parking is available on side streets and in public parking lots on the east and west side of Broadway Avenue. Two-hour parking will be enforced on all on-street parking in the downtown area as well as some posted areas within downtown parking lots.

Work on the in Fountain Lake Park is also underway and is expected to continue through mid-October.  Park improvements will feature a grand staircase leading to a promenade to the lake and a more functional boat dock.  A widened area of the promenade at the bottom of the staircase will also serve as a performance area with terraced seating provided adjacent to the staircase. The reconstruction of the parking lot located north of the Marion Ross Theater is also included in the project, but will not begin until mid-September. Even with the wider sidewalks and the bump-outs at each intersection, the number of new stalls to be provided with the project as designed is only two less than previously existed.  The loss of approximately seven stalls in the bump-out area across from Water Street was offset by the gain of five stalls by converting the parallel parking on the west side of Broadway Avenue north of Water Street to diagonal parking. For more information and weekly construction updates, visit the project website at www.bolton-menk.com/albertlea, or call the Director of Public Works/City Engineer’s office at (507)377-4325.

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