Churton Street Project Update — Sept. 1, 2017
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
Construction of access improvements on Churton Street will take a break this weekend and on Monday in observance of Labor Day.
This week, workers poured curb and gutter in front of the Police Department and Town Hall Annex, 127 and 137 N. Churton St., and installed new handicap ramps at Tryon Street.
Several crews will work simultaneously when construction resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Work on the corner of South Churton Street and West Margaret Lane, adjacent to Bandido’s Mexican Café, will include completion of a stormwater catch basin and preparation of the area for sidewalk.
Demolition also will start on the block of South Churton Street between Taylor Hall Properties and the Orange Rural Fire Department’s main station, 200 and 206 S. Churton St. This will prepare the area for installation of new curb and sidewalks. The sidewalks on this block will be brick pavers to match existing sidewalk.
Once sidewalk and a handicapped access ramp — compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act — is added to the corner by Bandido’s, work will resume on the corner of South Churton and West King streets by Eno Gallery. Demolition and installation of the new sidewalk in front of the gallery is expected to be completed on Sept. 11. This corner will be closed to pedestrian traffic while the construction is underway. Look for signage directing pedestrians in the area.
Additionally, the Public Works Department plans to prune crape myrtles on Churton Street before Sept. 15.
Construction crews will continue to work in several areas at once 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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