Brooks Avenue is Open!

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Posted Monday, Sept. 25

The Hillsborough Street Phase II construction corridor has seen a lot of activity in the last couple of months and last week was no exception.  

Brooks Avenue 
Probably the most exciting news for commuters along the corridor is that Brooks Avenue reopened to through traffic late Friday afternoon, Sept. 22. 

Brooks Avenue closed to through traffic on July 25 so that contractors could install underground utilities, including water and sanitary sewer mains. They also installed storm drains, completed grading operations to reconfigure the intersection for the new roundabout, poured new curb and gutter, and installed a retaining wall at the Brooks Avenue parking lot. 

It is important to note that although Brooks Avenue has reopened to through traffic, construction activities continue in the area. Grading work and the installing of the new brick sidewalks between Brooks Avenue and Gardner Street is underway this week, and there is still storm drain work and telecommunication and electrical duct bank work between Brooks and Dixie Trail. Pedestrian traffic should still follow all pedestrian detours for their safety.

Shepherd Street
Construction activity is scheduled at Shephard Street again this week. The contractor plans to install storm drains on the west side of the street starting on Monday, Sept. 25 through Thursday, Sept. 28. After the storm drains are installed the crew is scheduled to complete a water tie-in and sanitary sewer service connections at Shepherd Street. PSNC is expected to relocate their gas line at the intersection in the coming weeks, and then the street can be paved and reopened to traffic. 

Pedestrian Detours 
Once again we ask that pedestrians use the new sidewalks along the south side of Hillsborough Street as much as possible while work continues along the north side of the corridor. Any pedestrian traffic traveling down Brooks Avenue should take Vanderbilt Avenue to Gardner Street to cross Hillsborough Street at the designated crosswalk.  Any pedestrians going down Bagwell Avenue should take Everett Street to Dixie Trail to cross at the designated crosswalk. The sidewalks along the north side of the street are not passable in many places and are inside the construction zone, which can put pedestrians at risk for injury. Even if work is not actively in progress in a section, the area is still dangerous for pedestrians. 

Crosswalks with pedestrian traffic signals are located at Gardner Street, Dixie Trail and Dan Allen Drive for access to the local businesses or to get to the south side of the street. If pedestrians need to walk inside of the work zone to gain access to business, we ask that they exercise extreme caution and wait until the workers recognize that you are there and want to cross the work zone.