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Gene Leahy Mall re-construction 'on budget and on time'

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Gene Leahy Mall re-construction 'on budget and on time'

Gene Leahy Mall re-construction 'on budget and on time'

The Gene Leahy Mall has changed a lot since the beginning of the year and MECA officials say the project is actually a bit ahead of time.

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Gene Leahy Mall re-construction 'on budget and on time'

TURN THE AREAINTO THE "PLACETO BE" INDOWNTOWNOMAHA, WHILEALSO CONNECTINGIT TO THEMISSOURI RIVER.IF YOU'VE BEENDOWN TO THEAREA RECENLTY,YOU'VE LIKELYNOTICED THEFAMILIARLANDMARKS AREGONE..AND READY TO BEREPLACED.REPORTER JONKIPPER GOT ANUPDATE ON THECONSTRUCTIONTODAY.JENNY, I SPOKEWITH MECA TODAY,WHO'SOVERSEEING THEPROJECT, ANDTHEY SAY IT'S ONTIME AND ONBUDGET.IN FACT, IT MAYEVEN BE A BITAHEAD OFSCHEDULE.THIS IS THE VIEWYOU HAVE WHENYOU TRY TO LOOKAT GENE LEAHYMALLCONSTRUCTIONDOWNTOWN.BLOCKS OFBLACKED OUTFENCING...WITH VIEWINGHOLES GIVING YOUA TASTE OF THEPROGRESS ANDWHAT THEY'RECURRENTLYWORKING ON."I WOULD SAY THETHING THAT RIGHTNOW HAS BEENTHE MOST LABORINTENSIVE WOULDBE SOME OF THEWORK THATYOU'RE SEEINGRIGHT NOW."KRISTYNA ENGDAHL,MECATHAT INCLUDESFILLING IN WHERETHE LAGOON USEDTO BE....FOR THAT,THEY NEED A LOTOF DIRT...AND TIME."AND THAT PART OFTHAT PROCESS ISTHE FILLING INWHERE THELAGOON USED TOBE AND THAT'SSOMETHING THATWILL TAKE 93,000CUBIC YARDS OFDIRT TO BRINGTHAT UP TOSTREET LEVEL.THAT'S 9300 DUMPTRUCKS." SO FAR,THEY'VE REMOVEDTHE PEDESTRIANBRIDGES,DEMOLISHED THEMALL FROM 11THTO 14TH STREETAND BROUGHTDIRT TO STREETLEVEL FROM 13THTO 14TH...WORK IS GOINGWELL ENOUGH,THEY NOW PLANTO CLOSE DOWNHEARTLAND OFAMERICA PARK INTHE FALL.SOMETHING THEYWEREN'TPLANNING ONDOING UNTIL EARLYNEXT YEAR."AND THAT'S JUSTBECAUSE THETEAM IS MOVINGALONG WELL THEYTHINK THEY CANTACKLE THAT PARTOF THE PROJECT."AND THOSE HUGECHUNKS OFLIMESTONE FROMTHE MALL AREN'TJUST TRASH.INSTEAD, THEYREPURPOSEDTHEM HERE ATHUMMEL PARK, TOREPLACE THEIRAMPHITHEATRESEATING."PRREVIOUSLYTHEY HAVE USEDCONCRETEBLOCKS ANDTWO-BY-FOURSFOR SEATS FORDAY CAMPERS, ANDHUNDREDS OFKIDS USE THATCAMP EVERY YEAR.NOW THEY HAVELIKE BRAND NEWLIMESTONESEATING THATLOOKS MUCHNICER."AND FOR THOSECURIOUS, THEFAMOUS SLIDESARE GOING TOSTAY.THEY'RE JUSTFIGURING OUTWHAT TO PUTAROUND THEM.IN STUDIO JONKIPPER 3NN




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