Churton Street Project Update — Oct. 27, 2017
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Updates on Churton Street access improvements may become less frequent as work on the project winds down.
With major construction complete, remaining work will be subject to subcontractor availability.
This week, workers began planting trees in three tree wells on the west side of Churton Street between West Tryon Street and West Margaret Lane. Other work included inspections and site cleanup.
Next week, workers may begin installing black, wrought-iron handrails 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.
Pavement marking also could begin as soon as next week, depending on subcontractor availability. This work will require lane shifts and closures, as will installation of a guardrail between the Eno River bridge and the traffic signal mast at Nash and Kollock Street. The guardrail replacement has not yet been scheduled.
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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