Churton Street Project Update — Oct. 13, 2017
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
The end is in sight for Churton Street access improvement work, as the project remains on schedule for completion of major work before the end of the month.
Over the past week, workers have spread grass seed, caulked sidewalk joints, grouted stormwater boxes and continued site cleanup.
Next week, weather permitting, workers will plant trees in three tree wells on the west side of Churton Street between West Tryon Street and West Margaret Lane. Workers also will spread grass seed and mulch in remaining landscaped areas.
Depending on subcontractor availability, workers may begin replacing pavement markings to align with the geometry of reconfigured intersections next week. Old markings will be ground away, and new stop bars, crosswalks and directional arrows will be painted. For safety reasons, this work will require traffic lane shifts and closures.
In coming weeks, workers will install a guardrail between the Eno River bridge and the traffic signal mast at Nash and Kollock Street.
Black, wrought-iron handrails will be installed along the historic rock wall that divides the sidewalk near the intersection of West King and South Churton streets, as well as the retaining wall near the new bus pull-off area adjacent to the Orange County Courthouse. The handrail is being handmade to complement other railings in the historic district.
In the spring, the N.C. Department of Transportation will repave the entire downtown section of Churton Street. Following repaving, the town will have brick-pattern crosswalks stamped into the road surface at all major downtown intersections.
Construction crews will continue to work in several areas at once. Workers will use flaggers and lane shifts as they work on the edge of the right-of-way. During weekdays, lane shifts and lane closings are limited to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accommodate rush-hour traffic. When work is done on weekends, there are no time restrictions.
Citizens are reminded to observe safety signs and to stay clear of construction areas. Also, downtown businesses are open and access to them is being maintained.
The Churton Street Access Improvements Project is a partnership between the town and the N.C. Department of Transportation, with much of the funding coming from state and federal sources. The project corridor is within the right-of-way for Churton Street, which is maintained by the state.
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