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Sidewalk upgrades for safety, durabilty


Shifting brick pavers being removed and replaced with stamped concrete


July 16, 2008
ALMONT — A sidewalk improvement project downtown should keep pedestrians on a level footing.

The project is being paid for by the Almont Downtown Development Authority and involves the replacement of uneven brick pavers with stamped concrete.

The work is being done by Stamped Concrete Specialists, Inc. of Metamora at a cost of $44,500, less than the previously budgeted amount of $50,000. DDA Director Nancy Boxey said the concrete work was deemed necessary to remedy irregularities in the sidewalks caused by shifting brick pavers.

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Workers from Stamped Concrete Specialists of Metamora put the finishing touches on newly-poured cement along Main Street in Almont. photo by Tom Wearing.
The brick pavers had been installed in 1999, in conjunction with a Michigan Dept. of Transportation road improvement and sewer lead replacement project. The brick pavers were installed during the final stages of that project.

Boxey said it is believed the stamped concrete will offer greater durability and eliminate safety concerns about people tripping on the shifting brick pavers.

"Based on the cost and the longterm durability, this made the most financial sense," said Boxey. "We're very pleased. The contractor has done exactly what was planned, and with minimal disruption for our downtown business owners."

Boxey said about 200 brick pavers that had been purchased and inscripted with family names, will be reset in the downtown area.

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She added that the inscribed pavers could be used to create flower planters downtown. The remainder of brick pavers will be available for purchase by the public.

Project contractor Nathan Luth predicts the ongoing job should be completed within the week.

In a related matter, Boxey said the DDA is seeking bids on a project to upgrade several parking lots in the downtown district. The bids will be due by the end of July.

The proposed parking lot improvements include seal coating and paint striping to designate specific parking spaces.

For information about Almont DDA projects, contact Nancy Boxey at the DDA office at 810-798-8125. Or go to the new DDA Web site at: www.almontdda.com.

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