Linden repair project nears completion

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Residents of the Village of Linden have been watching, large earth movers dig out up to nine feet of a full block of First Street NW, as Foran Contracting (sub-contracted from Rubydale Asphalt) replaced the waste water main and removed the poorer quality dirt. The line itself was old and a camera view showed it to have large sags. This particular road had been slated for paving since repairs had been made a couple of years ago to stabilize it after more than half of its width started breaking away and sliding down into the coulee. Now that the sewer main has been replaced, more equipment is expected to arrive to begin the paving portion of this project, which will include some curb and gutter and drainage flow corrections.
Costs for the waste water main replacement were $143,000, while the road base and paving are $159,000. The catch basin, limited curb & gutter came in at $41,000. The entire project has been covered through a variety of standard grants that the Village receives annually under MSI, Federal Gas Tax, New Deals for Cities & Communities, and Street Improvement.
Rubydale Asphalt should begin work soon on the crowning and grading of the road, with paving to be completed sometime mid-September, if the weather cooperates. The entire project from sewer replacement to paving was slated to take about 45 days.