Twin Lakes planning party for Main Street re-opening

A view of Main Street, looking east, with one of its new layers of asphalt on Wednesday afternoon.

Twin Lakes officials are making plans for a block party to mark the reopening of Main Street after a summer of extensive road work.

The idea will be to draw citizens back to the area — and its businesses — in a fun event just before the street reopens to traffic, village administrator David Cox explained in a memo to the Village Board distributed earlier this week.

The village began working on plans to rehabilitate Main Street and parts of North and South Lake Avenue in the downtown area in conjunction with a Tax Increment Financing District established in 2008. The project was initially shelved due to insufficient revenue projected in the TIF District. In 2009, the village received two grants through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act in the total amount of $1 million to assist in funding the first of that work on the block of Main Street between the North/South Lake Avenue and Burden Avenue intersections.

The project involved nearly complete rehabilitation of the right of way area from sidewalk to sidewalk.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Village Board approved consumption of alcohol in the construction zone during the block party.

Final details have not been set, but Cox said the targeted date for the block party is Oct. 16. It is somewhat contigent how the last stages of the project proceed.

Crews were working on laying asphalt and concrete in the street this week.

Workers on Wednesday prep the Burden and Main intersection for a pour of concrete.


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