Churton Street Project Update — Aug. 18, 2017
Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
Major construction for Churton Street access improvements has been completed for the area between West King Street and the Mercantile Center.
This week workers completed an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant handicapped access ramp at the northwest corner of the intersection of West King and Churton streets, allowing crosswalks at the corner to reopen. Remaining work in this section includes installation of pushbutton crosswalk signals and asphalt patching.
Curbs and sidewalks
Other work this week included installation of a new curb and gutter in front of the Police Station and Town Hall Annex on the west side of North Churton Street south of West Tryon Street.
Workers also made progress on installing new stormwater piping on the west side of South Churton Street between West King Street and West Margaret Lane. Piping will continue in the coming week, followed by backfill and preparation for pouring a new sidewalk.
As time allows, workers will begin preparing remaining handicapped access ramps for concrete.
In the coming week, workers will begin installing a new driveway apron on North Churton Street next to the Mercantile Center. For information on traffic pattern changes due to the construction, see the news release.
Construction crews will continue to work in several areas at once in order to stay on schedule for substantial completion of improvements by the end of October. Workers will 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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