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Posted 6/30/09 (Tue)
By the time you read this paper, Central Avenue in Velva should be open to traffic.
At Tuesday morning’s meeting in Velva, representatives from Keller Paving said they would be paving the east lane of the south block on Velva’s Main Street that day, and planned to have Central Avenue open by Wednesday.
“We will be moving the signal lights north on Wednesday, too,” said Justin Thurn of Keller’s. “We hope to have them moved and the area cleaned up by the end of Wednesday.”
Thurn added there will be a difference in pavement depth between the new lift and the old, so people shouldn’t speed through the intersection.
“We will have it ramped, but drivers should slow down,” he said.
By the end of the week, Pinky’s Aggregate should complete the second block of underground work and will begin installation of temporary water for the next phase, which will move into the residential section of the street. The underground work is moving more quickly now, according to contractors, and should continue to do so.
Also this week, Keller will move down to the east block between First and Second Avenues and begin paving prep work, while Knife River will prep and pour concrete later in the week. The bases for the light poles will be poured Thursday or Friday.
Jeff Michalenko reminds drivers that west Central will be closed to through traffic the morning of July Fourth to allow parade entries to line up. But the street will reopen immediately following the parade.