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Columbus 4-County customers have temporary detour


Ryan Poe



Visitors to 4-County Electric Power Association''s Columbus Customer Service Center, 2000 Sixth St. N., may experience a temporary detour this week when entering and exiting that office. 


Those visiting the office must temporarily enter from the intersection of Willowbrook Road and Sixth St. N. and exit back along the same route. The office is also normally accessible from the intersection of 18th Avenue and Sixth St. N., but that path will be temporarily closed because of commercial development along 18th Avenue. 


Fairfield Inns and Suites is currently under construction on 18th Avenue North near the Highway 82 bypass in Columbus. The hotel is scheduled to open in March. Construction on a Courtyard by Marriott hotel is expected to conclude by November 2011. 


Four-County Manager of Consumer Service Cliff Wall said service from the Columbus office will be business as usual during this temporary change in logistics. 


"All customer service functions will continue as usual. We just ask that our customers enter from the Willowbrook Road and Sixth St. N. intersection. This is a temporary change. Please bear with us as we try to accommodate our new neighbors during this construction period," Wall added. 


Road construction crews will also have highly visible signs to assist in traffic flow surrounding the work site. 


The hotels will cost $23.5 million to construct, with an additional $6 million to $8 million spent on adjacent restaurants.




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