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Workers dig in to downtown project

Part of the parking lot and roadway just off Main Street is closed to the public while crews tear up the pavement and reconstruct the whole area. Marie Nitke/FOCUS

Construction work has started on Perham’s downtown area parking lot.

The area has been closed to the public since Tuesday. Crews have already begun tearing up the pavement, and will continue with reconstruction over the next few weeks.

The $209,000 infrastructure improvement project is intended to fix drainage issues and fill in the cracks and potholes that were so prevalent in the area. Also, stop signs, concrete gutters and traffic islands will be added.

The work is focused on the public parking lot and thoroughfare that runs parallel to the railroad tracks just north of Main Street, between 1st Ave. N and the Post Office.

City Engineer Jade Berube said business and property owners in the affected area are being asked to refrain from parking in the lot during construction, and to coordinate deliveries with the contractor so access may be scheduled.

“Thanks for your understanding and patience during this project,” wrote Berube in an email to business owners.

Per the city’s contract with the contractor, R.L. Larson Excavating of St. Cloud, Minn., the work must be complete by the end of October.

This project was outlined in Perham’s 2010-2011 Capital Improvement Plan, where it was slated for construction this year. About 60 downtown businesses have been assessed for the improvements. A public hearing was held this past June.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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