Underground Discovery Prompts Minor Changes to Sidewalk Project
Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Discovery of a previously unrecorded stormwater pipe has prompted design changes to a project to create and improve sidewalk connections in West Hillsborough and the commercial area of South Nash Street.
A contractor discovered the pipe while installing new stormwater piping along Eno Street. The town’s Utilities Department then was able to use a camera to inspect the pipe and locate its junction boxes.
Due to the discovery, some of the piping used in the project will be re-engineered to ensure it is adequate for the area’s flow. A sanitary sewer line may also need adjustment.
The re-engineering is expected to cause a week or two of delay for this portion of the project, but crews will move on to other areas in the meantime to keep the overall project on schedule.
This week, workers surveyed and staked the sidewalk alignment along the section of Calvin Street nearest to the South Occoneechee Street curve. Workers then began laying stormwater pipe and prepping for curb and gutter installation, which is expected to begin next week.
Duke Energy has removed from the work zone two utility poles that were no longer needed. This will allow the two small remaining portions of new sidewalk along the west side of South Nash Street to be poured next week.
In the coming week, another crew will continue to clear land for an extension of Riverwalk to Eno Mountain Road.
Flagging crews will be used for lane shifts and closures as needed to provide a safe work zone. Citizens are advised to use caution and observe all safety signage in the project area.
Businesses in the area remain open and accessible during construction. Customers are asked to park in the parking lot on the east side of South Nash Street, as there is no longer on-street parking along South Nash Street due to widened sidewalks.
About the project
The project will increase pedestrian safety and visibility and improve connectivity. The improvements will increase accessibility and be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The town estimates that the project will be completed in December.
The cost of the project is expected to be $1.2 million, with the bulk of funding coming from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program. About $250,000 will come from the town.
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