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The city plans to rehabilitate the concrete of South Main Street during the summer, reworking the road surface from Locust Street to Cemetery Road. It holds an informational meeting about the project Jan. 29.

The Journal reported early in January about the city's plans to rehabilitate the battered concrete pavement of South Main Street from Locust Street to Cemetery Road during the time frame between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The city invites anyone interested to an informational public meeting about the concrete-pavement maintenance project 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the downstairs training room of City Hall, 222 Lewis St.

Citizens can stop by anytime during the two hours to talk with project engineers about the plans and learn more about the project.

City Engineer Reid Wronski said the meeting provides a time and place to discuss specifics, ask questions or raise concerns.

Money for the $435,000 project comes from a deal cut with the state Department of Transportation in which it paid River Falls for having used Cascade Avenue as a state-road route for many years.

The project area includes different sections of road surface that are 20, 30 and 40 years old. Wronski confirms that the project will extend the sections' useful life by about 20 years.

While the street is 'open' for the project, Wronski said crews will also inspect and repair joints and sealing, manholes, catch basins, curbs, sidewalks, road striping, ADA accessibility and some traffic-signal technology.

The engineer said the plan includes keeping the roadway open, with at least one lane of traffic moving in each direction. He also said that the project does not include any new traffic signals or changes to traffic control, other than some possible restriping near Locust and Spring streets.

Following the Tuesday meeting, the city will advertise for contractors' bids to do the project and expects the job to go to a company with a lot of experience rehabilitating high-traffic roads under a tight schedule.