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Metro Center looks at closing dates for parking lot repairs

Published: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 3:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 3:51 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Metro Center will need to be closed for a few days when its parking lot is repaired, but the exact dates of that closing is not yet known.

On Monday, Princeton Park District Executive Director Elaine Russell said the park district board has accepted a low bid from Advanced Asphalt to do the needed repairs to the Metro Center parking lot. In the bid specifications, the district was required to give a two-week time frame in which this work could be completed. The board gave Aug. 19-30 as that time frame, Russell said.

“We have requested an exact date for this project, and at this time, Advanced Asphalt is unable to accommodate this request,” Russell said. “So in order to keep our patrons informed, we want you to be aware that as soon as we know the closure dates, we will get that to you immediately.”

The closure dates, once determined, will be sent to the local media, posted throughout the facility and put on the marquee at the entrance to the Metro Center, Russell said. Most importantly, the Metro Center staff will be glad to accept phone calls every day, at 815-872-0840, if that is more convenient for the patron, she said.

Once started, the parking lot project should only take two to three days to complete, depending on the weather, Russell said.

“Again, we will use all means of communication including Facebook and our website, www.princetonparkdistrict.org, to communicate the re-opening,” Russell said. “The board and staff of the Bureau County Metro Center do not want to inconvenience anyone by closing, however this is a much-needed project. Please mark your calendars to check regularly with us for updated information.”

As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, Superintendent of Parks Keith Scherer said the parking lot project at the Metro Center will include the removal and paving of the center island that currently designates parking spaces for patrons. The project will also include the resurfacing of a dumpster collection site on the east side of the building.

At its July 15 meeting, the park board awarded the Phase 1 parking lot project to Advanced Asphalt with a low bid of $43,602. Phase 2 of the project will include the resurfacing of the remainder of the Metro Center parking lot and will come from the 2014-15 fiscal year budget, with bids for Phase 2 expected to go out next year.

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