Snow, Ice and Rain Gardens

Posted Thursday, January 12

This past weekend’s ice and snow storm accompanied by extremely cold weather put a halt to any construction activity that was scheduled along Hillsborough Street this past week.

On Friday, January 6, contractors were busy preparing for the anticipated snow storm and cold weather predicted for the area. Even though our area did not receive the amount of snow predicted, Raleigh did see an accumulation of ice and snow that caused roadways to be treacherous. The icy conditions accompanied by the extreme cold weather kept contractors and crews from working throughout the beginning of this week. Due to the rain and melting snow on Wednesday, most construction crews were rescheduled and will resume work on Thursday.

To date, most of the work along the corridor has consisted of installing different kinds of underground infrastructure, such as sanitary sewer and water mains, electrical and telecommunication duct banks and conduits, and the stormwater system. In early February, as the utility poles come down on the south side of the street, we will start to see crews installing the remaining stormwater system and new curb and gutter as well, as the new brick paver sidewalk on the south side of the street.

However, construction began on one rather large and unique aboveground streetscape feature just before the holidays, a new rain garden that is currently under construction in front of the 2811 Building, between Dan Allen Drive and Zaxby’s. This feature is part of the roadways stormwater system and is expected to help mitigate a number of pollutants from reaching Rocky Branch, the stream that runs through NC State and Pullen Park and eventually empties into the Neuse River. I wrote about the rain garden’s installation prior to the holidays, but next week crews are scheduled to install the garden soil and three large trees that are part of this sustainable feature. Three bald cypress trees that are about 16 to 18 feet tall and 8 to 9 feet wide are scheduled for planting on Tuesday, January 17.

School started back this week, and I noticed today that the pedestrian and vehicular traffic along Hillsborough Street is back to its normal high capacity. Please as always remember to use extra caution while traveling along the construction corridor and pay close attention to construction signage and detour information.