Churton Street Project Update — May 12, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Wet weather has slowed work on downtown access improvements on Churton Street. Here’s a brief update:
Work is continuing on building a base for a bus stop on the south end of the downtown corridor, adjacent to the Orange County Justice Facility. The area is being filled with layers — or lifts — of suitable soil. Each lift is compacted before the next layer is placed, requiring the soil to dry before proceeding for proper compaction. Depending on weather, significant progress is expected to be made on the base next week.
Also next week, pipe operations will begin. The contractor will replace an existing stormwater catch basin in the vicinity of the bus stop and will install new stormwater pipe.
Engineers and survey crew may work in other areas of the project next week as they begin to plan and prepare for the next phase of work. However, construction operations will continue to be concentrated in the bus stop area next week.
Other improvements made downtown this week include the installation of large planters on West King Street, which were purchased with funds from a downtown revitalization grant from the state. A snowball viburnum, a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub, will be planted in each planter along with shorter grasses and flowers. The shrub has erect and arching stems that can grow 12 feet tall and wide. The bushes will be pruned in an arching shape to provide shade along the street.
Citizens are reminded to observe safety signs and to stay clear of construction areas.
“As always, we appreciate your patience and patronage to downtown businesses during construction,” Hillsborough Public Space Manager Stephanie Trueblood said.
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.
Construction crews will continue to 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.
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