Churton Street Project Update — July 17, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Churton Street access improvements continued to gain momentum as workers completed several elements in the past week.
Grading was completed at the new bus pull-off area adjacent to the Orange County Courthouse. The slope around the area has been seeded with grass and the curb, gutter and sidewalk are in place.
Sidewalks and piping
Workers finished laying a stormwater drainage pipe along the west side of North Churton Street in the block north of West King Street. All roof drains have been tied into the pipe and new catch basins are in place. This week the focus will be on creating a new curb line in this block. Once the curb is complete, the area will be backfilled and prepared for a new sidewalk. The sidewalk could be poured as soon as next week, depending on weather.
Workers may begin demolition of the sidewalk on the west side of South Churton Street at West Margaret Lane, working north to West King Street, as early as next week. Crews will install new catch basins and stormwater piping along this block. They will demolish the existing sidewalk and roadway to create widened sidewalks in a similar fashion to what is being done one block north.
Handicapped access ramps
Workers completed a new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant handicapped access ramp at the northeast corner of South Churton Street and Margaret Lane. Additional older ramps at the intersections of King and Tryon streets will be demolished in the coming weeks, with access being maintained via temporary ramps.
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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