Churton Street Project Update — July 7, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
Progress on Churton Street access improvements continued during a work week made shorter by the July 4 holiday. Work will continue on Saturday, July 8, to keep the project on schedule.
Work on a new bus pull-off area adjacent to the Orange County Courthouse continued this week. Workers completed a retaining wall at the mast arm of the traffic signal and poured a new sidewalk between the Nash and Kollock Street intersection and the existing sidewalk beside the courthouse. Upcoming work at the site will include completion of the area’s drainage system, fine grading of the slope and spreading grass seed and straw.
Sidewalks and piping
Workers have started laying a stormwater drainage pipe at the northwest corner of the intersection of King and Churton streets. A new catch basin is under construction, and workers will continue to lay pipe along the west side of North Churton Street for the next few weeks. Once the pipe is complete, workers will demolish the remaining portion of the sidewalk and pour a new curb and gutter to ready the area for a new sidewalk.
Handicapped access ramps
Workers will continue to install new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant handicapped access ramps along the east side of Churton Street as crews are available.
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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