Churton Street Project Update — Sept. 8, 2017
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
A new sidewalk stretching north from West Margaret Lane will open today as the latest milestone in Churton Street access improvements.
Weather permitting, crews will demolish the handicapped-access ramp at the end of the block where it meets West King Street and replace it with an Americans with Disabilities-compliant ramp in coming days.
Other work completed this week included construction of new ADA-compliant ramps at the intersection of North Churton and Tryon streets and demolition of several noncompliant ramps. In the coming week, crews will demolish and replace additional ramps on the east side of Churton Street.
The coming week also will see crews demolishing the curb and sidewalk in the northern half of the block between West Margaret Lane and Nash and Kollock Street, weather permitting. However, predicted rain from Hurricane Irma at the beginning of next week may delay progress.
Crews will work Saturday to patch asphalt in several locations including the remaining parking spaces at the south end of the block between West King Street and West Margaret Lane. The entire street will be paved in a later phase of the project.
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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