Churton Street Project Update — July 28, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Workers poured the first new sidewalk of the Churton Street access improvement work this week.
The new sidewalk was installed on the west side of North Churton Street between West King Street and The Mercantile Center. The sidewalk will be opened to pedestrians today, but the crosswalks at the corner of North Churton and West King streets will remain closed until electrical work is completed in the area.
In addition to the sidewalk pouring, work on a new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant handicapped-access ramp at the southeast corner of North Churton and Tryon streets is wrapping up.
In the coming week workers will 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. Several street trees will be planted in this section.
Additional new handicapped access ramps will be installed on the east side of Churton Street 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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