Churton Street Project Update — Nov. 3, 2017
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Work to replace a guardrail along Churton Street is expected to disrupt traffic in the downtown area next week.
The work, which is part of ongoing Churton Street access improvements, is currently scheduled to begin Wednesday, Nov. 8, but is subject to subcontractor availability. Replacing the guardrail will require closing the northbound lane. Flaggers will be in place to alternate moving northbound and southbound traffic through the southbound lane, but delays are expected.
A new guardrail is needed along the east side of Churton Street between the Eno River bridge and the intersection with Nash and Kollock Street due to the existing one being noncompliant with current regulations.
Pavement marking currently underway along the downtown section of Churton Street is expected to be complete today or Monday. This work also requires lane closures and traffic shifts. The markings are intended to be a temporary measure until the N.C. Department of Transportation repaves the street in the spring.
Other work underway this week includes installation of a black, wrought-iron handrail atop the retaining wall on the east side of Churton Street, opposite Nash and Kollock Street. The railing was handmade to complement other railings in the downtown area, and a similar railing will be installed along the historic rock wall that divides the sidewalk on the west side of the street near the intersection with West King Street. This railing is still being manufactured.
The project remains on schedule for completion by the end of the month.
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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