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First Street portion fully open next week in Dixon

Work continues on downtown streetscape project

DIXON – A portion of First Street should be open next week for the first time in about 2 months.

The south side of the street, between Hennepin and Galena avenues, reopened Friday. The north side of the street could reopen “within a few days,” Commissioner Jeff Kuhn said Friday.

A portion of the street has been closed since the week of May 19, while Fischer Excavating Inc., of Freeport, has been working on the downtown streetscape project.

The city doesn’t want to open the north side of the street until tree gates have arrived and have been installed, Kuhn said. Work on that block is “so close to being done,” Kuhn said.

The south side will be closed again at some point for sidewalk work and landscaping, the city said in a news release.

Click here for a map of the streetscape work and closed roads in Dixon.

Meanwhile, Peoria Avenue, between First and Third streets, will remain closed for sidewalk, roadway, curb and gutter work. Sidewalks should be completed this week between Second and Third streets.

On First Street, between Peoria and Hennepin avenues, water service will be interrupted for short intervals for water main installation. The work will result in short-term closures of the north side of the block.

First Street between Ottawa and Crawford avenues will be open for driving on an aggregate surface. Lighting work will make parking prohibited. There could be partial closures later in the week because of curb and gutter installation.

The eastbound lane of First Street from Galena Avenue to Ottawa Avenue will be closed for water main installation. The westbound lane will be open, but some short-term closures Monday will allow the installation of gas services.

Ottawa Avenue, between First and Second streets, will continue to be closed.

In April, the Dixon City Council awarded a contract for the streetscape work to Fischer Excavating for nearly $5.8 million, a portion of which will be paid for by KSB Hospital for work to a parking lot off Ottawa Avenue.

The city also contracted Wendler Engineering Services Inc. and Willett, Hofmann & Associates, for a combined $321,000, to do engineering work and planning for the project, bringing the total streetscape cost to about $6.1 million.

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