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Crosswalk work signals final stages of street improvements

Perham-One of the final projects of the Perham city street upgrades, the crosswalks, was nearing completion on Friday, Oct. 23. Decorative Pavement Marking of Plymouth, was working on the Coney and 3rd Ave. intersection using a stamped thermal he...

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Harland Johnson, with Decorative Pavement Marking of Plymouth, Minn., walks the stamping machine to the crosswalk. Once the the aggregate-reinforced plastic sheet is laid, it is heated and stamped. Debbie Irmen/FOCUS

Perham-One of the final projects of the Perham city street upgrades, the crosswalks, was nearing completion on Friday, Oct. 23. Decorative Pavement Marking of Plymouth, was working on the Coney and 3rd Ave. intersection using a stamped thermal heat process to mark the pedestrian crossings.

Designed to heighten driver and pedestrian awareness, it is one of several tools to increase safety at intersections.  The application was used at five intersections and an L-crossing  in Perham as part of the street project this year.

Laying the crosswalks involve heating the asphalt, stamping the heated tar, adding aggregate-enhanced plastic, heating the plastic and applying a second stamp. The final step includes laying reflective white plastic striping.

Randy Johnson, owner of the company, directed traffic Friday as his crew laid down the intersection material. Some drivers heeded his direction – and the working traffic signals – while others seemed oblivious to the traffic direction. Still others found a way around the obstacle of working men.

A few motorists throughout the day rolled down car windows and offered their stamp of approval with a hollered “looks good.”

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With the intersection crosswalks completed, all that remains is to install the street lighting and get signal lights working on Main and 3rd, said City Manager Kelcey Klemm, adding that grass seed has been laid, as well. Growth will be monitored and more seed planted as necessary.

One question that remains in residents’ minds is when the signage will come down. Klemm couldn’t say for sure but said the signs have remained in place in case it became necessary to reroute traffic. With the removal of the signs, people can breathe with relief that the street project of 2015 is finally completed.

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A worker with Decorative Pavement Marking stamps the aggregate-reinforced plastic to set the grid pattern. Debbie Irmen/FOCUS

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