Progress on Sidewalk Project Resumes Following Storm
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
Improvements related to a project to create and improve sidewalk connections in West Hillsborough and the commercial area of South Nash Street came through the recent storm mostly unscathed.
A large Southern red oak tree fell across Calvin Street, taking out Duke Energy poles and lines and damaging five sections of sidewalk. The sidewalk sections will be replaced, and the area where crews worked to restore power and remove the tree will be re-graded and seeded.
New stormwater piping in the project area passed a major milestone this week, as a pipe crossing the intersection of Eno and South Nash streets was completed. Crossing the street was one of the most complicated parts of the project, and it is being followed by additional piping along South Nash Street. The South Nash Street piping is expected to be complete and the area secured today.
Next week, preparations will begin for curbing along Eno Street and the east side of South Nash Street. Once curbing is in place, sidewalks will be installed. Sidewalks are expected to be complete within three weeks.
A driveway apron behind South Nash Street businesses will be poured in sections to allow continued access for deliveries and waste collection.
In the coming week, an extension of the Riverwalk greenway to Eno Mountain Road will be prepped for a stone base for paving, and a short section of retaining wall will be installed.
Ahead of weekend events hosted by West Hillsborough businesses, additional gravel has been added to the driveway behind the businesses and the parking lot across the street. Workers also are removing materials that are no longer needed from the project staging area to increase parking.
The North Carolina Railroad has staged materials along the side of the parking lot adjacent to the tracks for an unrelated project.
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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