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The City of Baker will be closing one block of George Avenue for about three weeks to make repairs and handle drainage from the north end of the football field to nearby Lincoln School property.

According to Mayor Steve Zachmann, the work will be done on the block between Second Street West and First Street West and be finished by early to mid-November.

“We will be starting in mid-October,” the mayor said Tuesday. “It (the block) will be probably (be affected) about three weeks.

“The excavation will be on the south side of the street,” he added. “We plan to cover the trench each day as much as possible so we don’t have any large open excavations.

“We will dig and place the drainpipe, then cover that as we go,” he said.

During that time, the residents and other may be affected by the project. “There will be disruption of traffic for dropping off kids at the school,” the mayor explained. The city will be working with the school to mitigate the impact of the work, he added.

“There will be rerouting for the drop off and pick up of students....,” he said, stressing that it will affect both buses and how parents can pick up the students.

“We have just two houses with driveways that enter onto that street. It will affect them directly. It won’t be during the full three week stretch, It will just be as we cross in front of their driveways.

“The only place we are tearing up the sidewalk will be just where the drainage enters the south side of the Lincoln School property. That will occur the first week of the project,” the mayor explained.

The city will be coordinating with the property owners that have driveways accessing the street.

The project will not be starting immediately because there are still some things to do before beginning. “We have a fire hydrant to replace and two stand pipes to replace … which is the water valves,” the mayor explained. “There are sections of town which have to be done first.”

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