Sidewalk Project Prepared for Storm
Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
Worksites for a project to create and improve sidewalk connections in West Hillsborough and the commercial area of South Nash Street have been secured in advance of forecasted rain from Hurricane Florence.
Workers completed crucial portions of stormwater infrastructure along Eno Street and secured the area. Gravel has been put down in muddy areas along Eno and South Nash streets, and more will be delivered after the storm.
Crews also removed equipment being used for the extension of Riverwalk to Eno Mountain Road due to the area being in a flood plain.
Due to the contractor being needed for emergency work in the southeasten part of the state, work will not resume until Monday at the earliest.
Next week, workers will clean up following the storm and move equipment back out of staging areas. Following this, additional stormwater infrastructure will be installed across and along South Nash Street, while curbs and gutters will be installed along Eno Street.
Work on the Riverwalk extension will resume when conditions allow.
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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