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New Hampton opens Main Street

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NEW HAMPTON (KWWL)--  Main street is often the economic engine for a small community. If that street is closed for a significant amount of time, it causes problems. But that worry is over for businesses in New Hampton.

After more than a year and a half, the barricades were finally taken down. The local school's marching band broke in the new street after the ribbon cutting. The city council and community members tried to make it more convenient for shoppers in recent months by having volunteers drive golf carts to shuttle customers.

"Well, everybody kind of pulled together to make the community stay alive during the time it was down, and now the the streets are back up again you can see the community is coming out,” Business Owner Jerry Hart said as he points to the hundreds of people waiting for the official ribbon cutting. “They're interested. They want to see it. They want to be downtown again."

The $2.5 million dollar facelift included new street lamps, brick sidewalks and new pavement.

The City of New Hampton paid for the majority of the costs through Department of Transportation grants and local taxes and bonds.

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