Churton Street Project Update — Sept. 29, 2017
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
Churton Street access improvements passed a major milestone this week with the completion of sidewalk work.
Workers laid brick pavers to blend new sidewalk with existing sections on the west side of South Churton Street between West Magaret Lane and Nash and Kollock Street. All concrete sidewalks and driveway aprons, along with new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant handicapped-access ramps have been installed and opened for use.
In coming weeks, workers will recontour asphalt around the handicapped access ramps, with significant work being done at the Margaret Lane and King Street intersections. This will provide smooth transitions between the ramps and the existing street surface until the N.C. Department of Transportation repaves the entire downtown section of Churton Street in the spring. Following repaving, the town will have brick-pattern crosswalks stamped into the road surface at all major downtown intersections.
Other upcoming work
Next week, workers will caulk concrete curb joints, grout stormwater boxes and apply grass seed to landscaped areas.
A new guardrail that meets current regulations will be installed between the Eno River bridge and the new retaining wall around the mast arm of the traffic signal at Nash and Kollock Street before work wraps up later this month.
Black wrought-iron handrails will be installed along the elevated section of sidewalk near the intersection of West King and South Churton streets, as well as the retaining wall at the new bus pull-off area adjacent to the Orange County Courthouse. The handrail is being handmade to complement other railings in the historic district.
Street trees will be installed in the three tree wells before project completion.
The town has produced a video update with additional information about the project’s progress to date and upcoming work. The video can be viewed on the town’s YouTube channel.
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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