Churton Street Project Update — Aug. 25, 2017
Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
Completion of major construction on a second block of Churton Street access improvements is within sight.
This week workers completed new stormwater piping and began pouring a new curb and gutter on the west side of South Churton Street between West King Street and West Margaret Lane. Once the curb has set, the area will be backfilled and prepped for a new sidewalk. This work will begin at the south end of the block and move north, so the corner at West Margaret Lane can be reopened before the corner at West King Street is closed.
A new driveway apron was opened in front of the Town Hall Annex on the west side of North Churton Street south of West Tryon Street. Workers also poured half of a new driveway apron on North Churton Street next to the Mercantile Center. The concrete will take several days to cure, at which point the first half will be opened and work will begin to replace the second half. For information on traffic pattern changes due to the construction, see the news release.
Handicapped access ramps
Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant handicapped access ramps were completed at the intersection of East Tryon and North Churton streets. As time allows, workers will replace the remaining noncompliant ramps.
Pushbutton crosswalk signals have been installed at the intersection of Churton and King streets, with caps to be added to poles soon. Bases of the signals will be painted black to make them less visually distracting.
Work moving south
In the coming week workers will begin demolition of the curb between West Margaret Lane and Nash and Kollock Street. A new curb and gutter, sidewalk and ADA-compliant handicapped access ramps will be installed in this block. Red brick pavers will be used to tie in with existing sidewalks in the area.
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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