West Hillsborough Work Focused on Grading
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
This week’s work on a project to create and improve sidewalk connections in West Hillsborough and the commercial area of South Nash Street focused on fill dirt and grading.
Workers backfilled the new sidewalk along the south side of Calvin Street and the curve toward South Occoneechee Street. A small, unfinished section of sidewalk connecting to the Calvin Street access trail for Riverwalk will be poured in a few weeks. Access to the greenway is being maintained, and the rest of the sidewalk is now open for public use.
Filling and grading of an extension of the Riverwalk greenway to Eno Mountain Road is expected to be completed this week or next.
Once Riverwalk grading is complete, workers will lay a stone base for pavement and begin preparation for a short retaining wall along the greenway.
Workers will continue stormwater piping operations along Eno and South Nash streets over the next week or two.
Once piping is complete, work will begin on sidewalks on the east side of South Nash Street.
Labor Day weekend
Work areas will be cleaned up as much as possible before the holiday weekend, and work will not take place on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.
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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