LOGAN – Crews are working at breakneck speed getting things ready for the opening of Center Street in Logan. The arch is being installed, vegetation is being planted in the ground, cement is being poured and Christmas wreaths are being hung on the new street lights.
Tom Dickerson, assistant Logan City civil engineer, is the project manager for the Center Street Project and has spent most of his time on Center Street making sure things are done in a timely manner.
“It was quite a show this morning the arch came with a police escort,” he said. “It’s been neat to see them put the arch together.”
They are installing the arch Friday and doing some touch up painting and they will be putting the letters on the coming days, he said.
What started on August 5, is now at its final stages.
He said the wide sidewalks will have outdoor tables and chairs. There will be trees and bushes in the planters.
“They even planned for wheelchair ramp from the street in front of the theaters,” Dickerson said. “This is going to be great pedestrian area.”
Heath Cullimore, from Logan City Light Power, was hanging Christmas wreaths on light poles. Seth McCulloch, from Cache Valley Electric, was putting the Center Street Sign on the 100 West and Center stoplight.
Gary Saxton, the Director of Logan Downtown Alliance, said things are wrapping up and getting close to finishing the Center Street project.
“It was coming down to the wire,” Saxton said. “The arch is the big splash item.”
He said all of Center Street will be a great space to use in the future.
Center Street will be open Wednesday before Thanksgiving then it stay open until Saturday Nov. 30 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. for the Grand Opening ceremony.
“They will be putting the lettering on this weekend,” Saxton said. Baer Welding of Providence, Logan City Power and Light and Cache Valley Electric are supposed to finish of all the lighting and lettering on the arch this weekend.
To discourage vandalism, security cameras will be posted on two buildings aimed at the plaza area to deter horseplay.
“We will see where the Center Street Project goes from here. It may evolve from here, we’ll see where it goes,” Saxton said. “I’m absolutely excited it coming to a close.”