Churton Street Project Update — July 21, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
This week’s Churton Street access improvement work focused on preparations for new sidewalks.
Workers prepared the west side of North Churton Street between West King Street and The Mercantile Center for installation of a new sidewalk. Pouring of a new curb and gutter along the stretch is scheduled for early next week, depending on weather, and sidewalk pouring will begin as soon as the curb is in place. The new sidewalk will be opened to pedestrians once the concrete has cured.
A section of roadway between the Police Main Station and the Town Hall Annex was removed to create a new curb line for a bus stop in this area. This section of the project is being worked on intermittently as crews complete other portions of the project ahead of schedule.
In the coming week 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. 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 will remove an older handicapped-access ramp at the northeast corner of North Churton and Tryon streets and replace it with a new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramp as time allows. Access will be 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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