PROVIDENCE – Baer Welding Co. in Providence is building the arch that will be erected over Center Street later in November. They plan to start mounting it in the near future.
Chris Cunningham, a project manager for the welding company, said the arch is scheduled to be erected for the celebration on November 30.
“The towers are done and going to be sandblasted by later this week,” Cunningham said. “Thursday and Friday they will have pieces on a large layout table in the shop.
“The towers come back from being sandblasted and the top of the arch will be finished. In the next couple of weeks they will install it.”
He said building the arch is definitely significant for him. He’s been here 25 years and has some ties with downtown.
Cunningham said Baer Welding has ties to the Roskelly clan and was part of the Roskelly Store on Main Steet across from the Logan Tabernacle.
“This is a memorable thing for the Baers. They have a downtown connection,” he said. “For them to be doing something like this is big deal.”
The towers are about 20 feet high and the top the arch goes higher than that, so semi trucks won’t run into it. The top will span Center Street at 44 feet wide.
“There will be a sign at the top and a plaque with all the donors’ names on it,” Cunningham said. “It will have lights.”
Gary Saxton, the executive director of Logan Downtown Alliance, is putting the final details together for the November 30 Grand Reopening and dedication of Center Street and Logan’s new arch.
They will also have the Logan Tree Lighting Ceremony, the candy ornament unveiling and the Christmas Parade.
The arch is part of the major face lift for Center Street and Saxton said this is one of the biggest things to happen in downtown in the last 100 years.
All of the businesses in the Center Street area, from Main Street to 100 West have stayed open during the construction.
When it is all said and done, changes are not to get rid of Center Street as a road but make it more appealing for people to stroll through and go shopping. Center Street will have a more appealing place with more plaza space, wider sidewalks and different types of trees.