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Contractor Knife River working on project to improve H Street from Second Street to the Culver Highway.

HOLLY M. GILL - Construction has moved further west on H Street, as Knife River crews work on the H Street Pedestrian Project. Much of the road is expected to be paved in the spring.
Stormwater pipes, catch basins and retaining walls are mostly complete for the city of Madras' H Street Pedestrian Project.

The contractor, Knife River, is working on the $672,900 project Mondays through Thursdays, as long as the weather remains favorable.

The pedestrian project will include about 1,200 linear feet of concrete sidewalk on the south side of H Street; curbs and gutters with curb extensions and ADA-compliant crosswalks at Second and H Street, First and H Street, Madison and H Street, and Marshall and H Street; storm drainage piping and catch basins at each roadway intersection; aggregate base and paving to accommodate construction of the curbs and gutters; and finally, pedestrian/roadway lighting at each intersection.

"Paving will happen next spring," said Jeff Hurd, director of the Madras Public Works Department. "There are two phases: water line, storm line and catch basins; and next year, they'll come in and rip up the pavement, install the curb and gutter, sidewalks, and pave everything, and add bark between the curb and sidewalk."

Although the initial plans were to pave H Street to Marshall Street, Hurd said that he hopes to find an additional $35,000 to pave from Marshall to Culver Highway.

"Our overall goal is to get H Street paved and get sidewalk connecting the two highways from 97 to Culver Highway, and replace some ancient water line in H Street and fix some storm (drain)," said Hurd. "We're getting lots of things done in this project. It's a focal point; our trail runs through it. It's a big piece of town."

Residents along H Street have been notified that there will be closures and detours while utilities are being installed. Contact Madras Public Works at 541-325-0313 for more information.

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