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The City of Rexburg plans to upgrade Center Street this summer

During a recent Rexburg City Council meeting, plans were announced to replace water lines on Center Street come this summer.

The upgrades will be done on Center Street from Main Street to Second South.

Rexburg Mayor Jerry Merrill said the project is estimated to cost $700,000 and will be paid for with the funds from the ongoing water project and Reburg’s Redevelopment Agency.

“This street is a symbolic connection between Brigham Young University and downtown Rexburg. We thought we try to make it a nicer street,” Merrill said.

According to Merrill, the city is planning on widening the sidewalks and replacing trees that are better suited for that area.

“We are hoping to attract revitalization and to attract more foot traffic and businesses,” Merrill said.

Merrill said the money will be funded through the water project and the Rexburg Street Reconstruction project.

“The Rexburg Redevelopment Agency have so far committed $500,000 half of a million dollars, towards this project,” Merrill said “We are trying to grow our downtown and create more office space as well.”

City officials plan on meeting with local business owners to address any concerns.

Merrill said construction season will begin this spring and another construction project will also take place on 5th West.

“The small increase that we had from the gas tax will help us get more of our streets repaired that have been needing it for a long time,” Merrill said. “I’m really excited to see all the projects come together.”

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