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5th Avenue Project Almost Completed

5th Avenue Project Almost Completed Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

Sep 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - The big facelift of 5th Avenue South in downtown St. Cloud is a little behind schedule, but won't affect a concert festival set for Saturday.

The extensive road project was scheduled to be completed on Friday, but St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says the road will now be ready for traffic on Monday, September 25th.

"A week from Monday, the road will open back up with new sidewalks, curbs, road, sewer and water and opportunities for sidewalk cafes for a lot of these businesses that have wanted that for a long time."

The mayor says the project is done enough for the Takin' It To The Streets Music Festival to be held on Saturday.

The concert, which is usually held earlier in the summer, was pushed back because of the construction.

Ray Herrington, Co-owner of 7 West TapHouse, says he and fellow business owners are very excited about the improvements.

"There's gonna be a little more sidewalk dining, between 7 West, The Veranda and DB's there will be a good slice of cement."

He says businesses in the area are all in this together.

"We're trying to get the adults back downtown, and clean it up and have venues available for a more discerning crowd."

The project, which began June 26, involves $1.67-million worth of street, curb and lighting improvements, including new amenities like colored textured concrete, decorative crosswalks and decorative lighting.

 

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