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Rogue River work to start

Rogue River city officials plan to open bidding later this month for $310,000 in improvements to downtown.

One of several projects planned to boost a struggling downtown, the project is funded through a $300,000 community development block grant and a $10,000 match from the city.

The plans, which augment a plaza area created in recent years, were unveiled last year. The downtown work was prompted by a report done in 2003 by the Oregon Downtown Development Association.

Public Works Director John Krawczyk said the project would replace cracked, aging concrete and liven up an older area of the downtown and, hopefully, draw visitors downtown.

The project will include new curbs and sidewalks, vintage-style street lights, paver bricks and street trees for areas including East Main (from Pine Street to Broadway), Depot Street (from Pine Street to East Main), two blocks along East Main and areas along Depot and Oak streets.

Krawczyk said the bulk of the expense will be in concrete work to replace cracked curbs, sidewalks and gutters.

— Buffy Pollock, for the Mail Tribune