Churton Street Project Update — Sept. 15, 2017
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
This week’s Churton Street access improvement work focused on preparation for the weekend Hog Day festival in River Park.
Additional crews working longer shifts poured new handicapped-access ramps and sidewalks at the southwest corners of the intersections of South Churton Street with West King Street and with West Margaret Lane.
Unfinished sections of sidewalk have been temporarily filled with gravel to allow pedestrians to move safely through the downtown area, and a crew is working today to patch holes in asphalt that could be trip hazards, clean the site, remove traffic cones that are no longer needed and secure all closed areas. Work will conclude before this afternoon’s Hog Day events and resume on Monday.
In addition to access improvement work, town Public Works crews have pruned trees, cleaned sidewalks and emptied waste receptacles in preparation for Hog Day, and organizers will be putting up additional signage to help visitors find convenient parking and pedestrian routes to the festival.
The bulk of next week’s work will take place on the west side of the street, between West Margaret Lane and the Orange Rural Fire Department station, where workers will install sidewalks and landscaping. Workers also will pave the new bus pull-off area adjacent to the Orange County Courthouse and parking spots along the west side of South Churton Street. If time and weather permit, workers will install new handicapped-access ramps at Churton and East King streets.
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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