Heavily traveled Albert Lea street opens to traffic after reconstruction

(ABC 6 News) – A heavily traveled road in Albert Lea is now open for traffic after being closed for reconstruction this summer.

East Main Street/State Highway 65 between Newton and Garfield Avenues opened to traffic on Wednesday.

East Main St from Remax parking lot / Courtesy: City of Albert Lea

On average, 15,000 vehicles travel this section of the street every day when not under construction.

This phase of the $10.7 million project includes 3 miles of new sidewalk and shared user trail along with two new stormwater ponds. The contractor, Ulland Brothers of Albert Lea, painted 58,000 feet of solid lines and installed:

  • 30,000 tons of pavement
  • 1,300 feet of sanitary sewer
  • 3.6 miles of curb and gutter

Construction of East Main Street continues from Garfield Avenue to County Road 38. While the street will remain open, traffic will be reduced to one lane in places.

Drivers are urged to slow down and give crews room to do their work

To learn more about the project, CLICK HERE.