- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) - A $4.3 million civic construction project is underway at Broken Bow’s downtown square.

The renovation will include vintage brick streets, globe-shaped light fixtures, restructured curbs and street parking spaces, The Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/1SOkST2 ) reports. The square’s bandstand is also going to be rebuilt, and extensive rebuilding of storm sewers and water mains has already begun.

“It’s going to interfere with our business, but it needs (to be) done,” said Shirley McGinn, owner of a clothing store near the square. “I’m absolutely for it.”

She said she’s had been hoping for new sidewalks for a long time.

“If you look at that sidewalk out there, it’s just an accident waiting to happen. And the curb is terrible, and they’re going to fix all that. I’m thrilled, to be honest,” McGinn said.

The new curbs and parking spaces will be located on 10th Avenue and other streets around the square. The new sidewalks will be on both sides of the streets surrounding the square and the reconstructed blocks on 10th Avenue.

Work began on three of the streets surrounding the square in late March. All of the streets adjoining the square will be rebuilt except for Highway 2.

City Administrator Brent Clark said the estimated $4.3 million project is funded by a 1.5-cent sales tax that was started several years ago. As a separate project, the bandstand will cost about $31,000.

“This all has been many years in the making,” Clark said.

Mayor Cecil Burt says the project will have a strong economic effect on the city.

“We have a lot of young families moving back here right now,” Burt said.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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