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First Street on schedule to reopen this weekend in Dixon

Concrete passed strength test Wednesday

DIXON – First Street, between Galena and Hennepin avenues, passed a big test Wednesday.

The concrete passed its strength test, required by the Illinois Department of Transportation, as it can support at least 3,500 pounds per square inch.

On Friday, Willett Hofmann & Associates, the engineering company handling the east side of the streetscape project, said the portion of First Street could be reopened this week.

On Wednesday, Jeff Kuhn, the commissioner of streets and public improvements, said the end of this week was still a good general target.

When the concrete was poured, samples were taken for each day of the work and sent to a testing facilities. The samples collected were to be tested at 3, 7 and 14 days after the pour.

It was the sample tested 7 days after the pouring that passed the test. As a result, the 14-day sample did not have to be tested.

Before the road can be reopened, the tree planters need to be added to the sidewalk, and the street’s lane lines must be painted, which is scheduled to happen Friday, Kuhn said.

The section of First Street was the among the first areas of the $6.1 million project to be under construction.

The plan originally called for one side of the street to be closed at a time, but the week of the project’s start, it was expanded to both lanes in an effort to shorten the work on that block from 10 weeks to 7.

The streetscape project is in its eighth week and is expected to continue until November.

Telegraph parking lot

The parking lot behind the Dixon Telegraph building, 113 S. Peoria Ave., will be available for public parking during the downtown streetscape project.

The agreement between the city and Shaw Media, the newspaper's parent company, was approved during a special Dixon City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Per the agreement, the parking lot, on the east side Highland Avenue between First and Second streets, will be available as public parking daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.

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