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Eastern half of Fourth Street project to open about 6 p.m. today

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Progress made on the eastern half of the $1.7 million Fourth Street beautification project, from Washington to Franklin streets, has led the general contractor to say that the street should reopen to traffic by 6 p.m. today.

City Engineer Dave Hayward said on Monday that Fourth Street would definitely reopen this week, and that the eastern half could possibly open to traffic today at the earliest.

This morning, that timeframe seemed optimistic. Barricades blocked both ends of the eastern half. In between, some workers used brooms to push tiny rocks in between the brick pavers. Others sanded the edges of the concrete planters. One was placing caulk where the new sidewalks are flush with buildings.

However, the general contractor, Reith-Riley, said this afternoon that work was on pace to reopen that portion of Fourth Street for traffic at the end of the business day. However, parking will be prohibited because of some remaining work.

The western half of the project, from Jackson to Washington streets, should be open for traffic no later than Saturday afternoon. However, parking also will be prohibited until additional work is complete.

Look for more information in Thursday's Republic.

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