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Fourth Street gets closer to completion

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Fourth Street won't be ready for Turkey Day.

Wrapping up the $1.7 million paving and beautification project — and reopening Fourth Street to traffic — won't happen until early next week, city engineer David Hayward said Monday.

Workers had made good progress over the weekend, Hayward said, but "I'm guessing it will be next week" before the job is done.

At least two-dozen workers were on the job Monday morning, making a final pouring of concrete and leveling stones of various sizes on the western leg of the two-block beautification project between Washington and Jackson streets. No paving stones — the top layer of the road work — are installed on that block yet.

Meanwhile, work on the easternmost block (between Washington and Franklin streets) is much farther along. Paving bricks are already installed on that stretch, leaving just a few extras to be done such as putting in light pole bases, finishing planters for trees and doing some electrical work.

See Tuesday's Republic for more details.

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