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BALDWIN PONDERS STREET VALUE

February 18, 1999

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— Rebuilding Baldwin's Sixth Street would mean a safer, drier street but also the removal of a bit of Baldwin history.

Cracked and pocked, with exposed brick and asphalt patch, Sixth Street in Baldwin is no road for anyone in a hurry.

Actually the street, which doubles as County Road 1055, is no road for anybody not in a hurry either, particularly during heavy rains.

But fixing it likely will mean tearing out a little piece of Baldwin history.

"It's pretty bad," said Bill Winegar, Baldwin director of public works. "The heavy truck traffic has beat that to death."

Winegar and Douglas County officials want to rebuild the street south of U.S. Highway 56, making it safe and dry for Baldwin's increasing traffic. A plan to do so was discussed at a Douglas County Commission meeting held Wednesday at the Baldwin library.

The plan, as drawn up, would require work crews to tear out concrete gutters, layers of asphalt and, in a stretch from Dearborn to High, sections of the first brick streets laid in Baldwin.

Newspaper clippings at the library tell of a town glad to be getting out of the mud and celebrating the placement of the first brick in December 1925.

In their exuberance, the city council members extended an original $60,000 contract to brick 8y the street, which doubles as County Road 1055, is no road for anybody not in a hurry either, particularly during heavy rains.

But fixing it likely will mean tearing out a little piece of Baldwin history.

"It's pretty bad," said Bill Winegar, Baldwin director of public works. "The heavy truck traffic has beat that to death."

Winegar and Douglas County officials want to rebuild the street south of U.S. Highway 56, making it safe and dry for Baldwin's increasing traffic. A plan to do so was discussed at a ghth or High streets.

So it may not be worth the added cost of trying to replace the brick stretches.

Last summer's estimates were

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