John Forman, administrator for the City of Milbank, reports good news. Main Street will be completely open tomorrow, Friday, November, 22. According to Forman, all concrete work has been completed, but the concrete still needs time to cure. The plastic and concrete blankets will stay in place until next Monday or Tuesday. Barricades and signage, including the alley business sign, will also be removed November 22. Forman says the City intends to run the street sweeper through the project area – particularly around the north part of the 300 block- to help clean up material placed on the street after paving.
The new lights are also up and were illuminated for the first time Wednesday evening, November 20. Forman says,”I have had a couple of people indicate a light was not working, but each light has individual photo eyes, so, they could vary by a few minutes when switching on or off.” City crews will be installing the remaining Christmas decorations during the next few days.
Forman also adds these reminders:
“Permanent stop signs have not been installed yet and there will be temporary stop signs at the Third Avenue-Main Street intersection, which has been designated as a four-way stop.
Winter is coming and new concrete is more susceptible to the chlorine in salts used to remove ice from sidewalks. The chemicals could cause spalling or pieces to pop out. Forman cautions businesses to be judicious when using de-icer this winter and to use it sparingly. He notes, “We don’t want patrons to be in danger either, so, please utilize what you need, but perhaps sweep off the excess.”
The entire project is not finished. The portion from Railway Avenue to the railroad tracks and the north parking lot owned by the City will be completed next year. There will also be some work done along Third Avenue east of Main Street next year.
Forman says, “This will be the last construction update for this season. Thanks to all for your patience and understanding. Downtown construction is never fun or easy, but it can’t be put off forever.”