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Bridge on schedule for Oct. 19 opening

Published 11:07am Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Though things may be hectic at the Tower Road bridge project, City Engineer Dan Edwards said that right now, the project is still on schedule for an Oct. 19 substantial completion date.

Though he noted that at this stage in the plan, “you have a schedule one day, and it changes the next day,” Edwards told the city council Monday that the plan is for concrete curb, gutter and driveway work to finish up this week.

Next week, crews will start paving on the north side of Lincoln Avenue, with work then shifting to Tower Road and County Road 1 on the south side of the Otter Tail River.

In the week of Oct. 15, the rest of the paving is set to be complete (including walking and biking paths), also resulting in a completed bridge. A bridge dedication ceremony will take place on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. at the bridge, although traffic will probably not be able to access the area because road work will be continuing.

The project should be finished by Oct. 19, after which it will open to drivers. Though planting trees and shrubbery this fall had been previously discussed, Edwards said the idea has been nixed for now because of the dry weather.

At the end of the discussion, Edwards thanked the businesses and residents affected by the bridge project for their patience.

“I know it’s been a long dusty summer for the residents and businesses, so hopefully we’re getting near the end on that,” he said.

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