Churton Street Project Update — Oct. 6, 2017
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Churton Street access improvements moved into their final phase this week with the completion of major construction.
Concrete work and installation of brick pavers have been completed, and a contractor has finished recontouring asphalt around curbs and handicapped-access ramps. The recontouring will provide smooth transitions between the ramps and the existing street surface until the N.C. Department of Transportation repaves the entire downtown section of Churton Street in the spring. Following repaving, the town will have brick-pattern crosswalks stamped into the road surface at all major downtown intersections.
Other work this week included caulking sidewalk joints; grading and seeding landscaped areas; site cleanup; and punch list items and minor repairs. These activities are continuing today and will resume Monday.
In coming weeks, pavement will be marked, and a new guardrail that meets current regulations will be installed between the Eno River bridge and the new retaining wall around the mast arm of the traffic signal at Nash and Kollock Street.
Black wrought-iron handrails will be installed along the elevated section of sidewalk near the intersection of West King and South Churton streets, as well as the retaining wall at 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.
Street trees will be installed in three tree wells between West Margaret Lane and Nash and Kollock Street before project completion.
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.
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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