Friday, May 7, 2010

Crews commence Town Square construction

New facility set to open by Fourth of July

Express Staff Writer

An excavator is used to tear away the asphalt parking lot behind the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau on Wednesday. Construction of the Ketchum Town Square began the previous day and will be completed July 1. Photo by David N. Seelig

An excavator began tearing through the parking lot behind the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau on Tuesday, making way for the Ketchum Town Square to be completed by July 1.

Construction began eight days later than originally planned, on April 26, but Ketchum Parks and Recreations Superintendent Jennifer Smith said the square should still be done in time for Independence Day.

Construction won't affect traffic on adjacent Fourth Street or East Avenue, though the work already includes a dump truck—among other machinery—hauling away asphalt chunks. Smith said all work would remain within the fenced property perimeter.

However, the alley extending from Sun Valley Road to Fourth Street will be closed for one to two weeks as asphalt is ripped up and pavers laid down.

Weekly construction updates will be posted on the city's website, The link is in the middle of the home page below the Main Street photo.

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The square will begin to take shape starting May 4. From then until May 27, crews will install the fire pit, electrical upgrades, light pole bases, paver paths and sod.

After that, the construction fence will move inward to the edge of the grass, allowing relocated and revamped LeRoy's Ice Cream to be reopened, along with part of the square.

The square's grand opening will take place sometime before Fourth of July, but the exact date has yet to be announced.

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