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Street project moves forward

Workers dig up the streets at the intersection of Nowell and Frazee in New York Mills last week. The multi-street reconstruction project in the city is going as scheduled with the underground work complete on Walker, Hayes and a portion of Gillman.

The 2009 street rehab project is moving along well. With roads dug up and underground work complete in some areas the project is on schedule.

The biggest concern since the start of the project has always been how it would affect citywide traffic for the 125th Anniversary Celebration set for July 3-5.

Jon Pratt, of Ulteig Engineering, gave the city council a progress report Tuesday and said the project is on schedule and completing Phase 1 by the July 1 deadline shouldn't be a problem.

Phase I consists of Walker, Hayes, and a portion of Gillman. Pratt reported Tuesday the underground work, which includes water main and sanitary sewer, is complete in this north side of the project.

Contractors are now working on bringing the streets up to grade, and later this week concrete curb and gutter is expected to go in place. Following curb and gutter, work on sidewalks and driveway aprons will begin.

Pratt told the council paving on these streets will likely begin late next week at the earliest.

With the underground work complete on the north side, crews began installation of sewer and water mains in Phase II on the south side. Streets included in Phase II are Nowell, VanAernam and Frazee.

The majority of the underground work on these streets is nearing completion and sub-grade work is being done to make roads passable.

Pratt indicated Sellin Bros., the contractors in charge of the project, overall are doing a good job communicating with residents and notifying property owners of service shut-offs. Pratt also told the council things are, "going very, very well, and on schedule."

The project did run into a problem last week when a gas line on Nowell Street was hit, which put about 40 houses out of service. The line was apparently unmarked and not on any city map. According to Al Holtberg, City Utilities Manager, it took many hours to repair the line and to re-light affected homes. Holtberg reported to the council they are fortunate no one was hurt and the city was able to find a welder available on short notice.

Swimming pool opening

The Legried Community Swimming Pool is scheduled to open this Friday (June 12). The pool was cleaned and filled last week and the heaters turned on Sunday.