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City hopes to have intersection of Lawler and Fifth open for Rodeo Parade

The intersection of Fifth Avenue and Lawler Street in Mitchell will be open for the 2016 Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade on Saturday, whether the street is paved or not.

Construction work continues as part of a $1.47 million full reconstruction of Fifth Avenue between N. Main Street and N. Burr Street on Monday afternoon. The road is tentatively scheduled to reopen some time in September. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Construction work continues as part of a $1.47 million full reconstruction of Fifth Avenue between N. Main Street and N. Burr Street on Monday afternoon. The road is tentatively scheduled to reopen some time in September. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The intersection of Fifth Avenue and Lawler Street in Mitchell will be open for the 2016 Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade on Saturday, whether the street is paved or not.

Mitchell's Fifth Avenue is currently undergoing a full reconstruction to replace the sanitary sewer line and other utilities, add new storm sewer and repair the existing curbs and gutters.

Public Works Director Tim McGannon said this week Commercial Asphalt is preparing the road for paving, and he said it's possible the intersection could be paved by Saturday morning's rodeo parade.

The city hopes to have the road paved prior to the parade, which will close neighboring Main Street, but McGannon said Lawler will be temporarily opened with gravel if paving is not completed.

The entire reconstruction of Fifth Avenue from Main Street to Burr Street is expected to be completed in September.

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