Sun Prairie looks to reopen downtown intersection by December

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- The buildings destroyed in an explosion following a gas main rupture in July should be completely removed by the end of the month, however the intersection likely won't reopen until December, according to city officials.

The explosion July 10 leveled multiple buildings downtown and killed a firefighter. Two other firefighters were injured. 

Mayor Paul Esser and City Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer met with the Secretary of Transportation Tuesday to begin negotiations an intergovernmental agreement to reconstruct the downtown intersection prior to the end of the construction season on Dec. 1, according to a post on the city's Facebook page.

On Monday, city staff met with David Wilder, the owner of the former city hall to discuss the schedule for stabilizing the building.

Wilder has agreed to stabilize the building by Aug. 31, according to city officials. 

Officials say debris has been removed from the street and affected buildings will be completely removed and the basements will be filled in. This work may continue until Friday, Aug. 31.

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