Churton Street Project Update — June 9, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Good weather allowed substantial progress on downtown Churton Street access improvements this week.
New stormwater piping was completed at the site of a new bus pull-off area adjacent to the Orange County Courthouse. Additional work at the site included utility installation, testing the subgrade and backfilling a modified catch basin.
Weather permitting, a contractor will begin laying asphalt at the pull-off site next week. Once the asphalt is in place, a curb and gutter will be poured, the site will be backfilled and framing will begin for a sidewalk along South Churton Street from the Nash and Kollock Street intersection to the existing sidewalk beside the courthouse.
While the pull-off work proceeds, another crew will begin demolishing existing handicapped-access ramps on the east side of South Churton Street at East Margaret Lane and East King and East Tryon streets. Temporary gravel ramps will be created on one side of each intersection to maintain access, and when all of the new east side access ramps and the bus pull-off area sidewalk have been framed, concrete will be poured.
During the week beginning Monday, June 19, workers will begin demolishing the existing sidewalk on the west side of North Churton Street between West King Street and Brick Alley. New catch basins and stormwater pipes will be installed in this area before a new sidewalk is poured.
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.
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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