UPDATE: The contractor for the storm drainage project on North Franklin Street in downtown needs to implement some additional full closures of the work zone this week. The project is nearing completion, and the contractor plans to implement these closures Tuesday through Thursday in order to complete work that would be difficult and unsafe to do if the road remained open. The detour shown in the attached map will be in place and Commerce Street will remain open for additional access.
The sewer work on Hickok Street is winding down, and the contractor is finalizing concrete and paving work this week.
Starting Friday, Aug. 16, the stormdrain contractor on N. Franklin Street, between Main Street and Depot Street, will shift northbound traffic to the opposite side of the road. Southbound traffic will continue to use the detour, while northbound traffic will still have access via this new traffic pattern. Access to businesses will remain during this phase of construction. Please use caution in the area due to the change in the traffic pattern.
The North Franklin Storm Drain Project, which will be completed by contractor E.C. Pace Company, Inc., is expected to be complete in September 2019. The project consists of realigning a portion of storm drain that currently flows under local businesses. The purpose of this project is to eliminate this impact and reduce the potential for flooding in the area. Construction will cost about $600,000, of which the Town will pay about half. The remainder will be covered by the Virginia Department of Transportation under the Revenue Sharing Program.
This project is a separate project from the sewer work done on N. Franklin Street in the spring. This storm drain work began immediately after the sewer work near the intersection of N. Franklin Street and Depot Street concluded.