Busy Times on the Street

 An image of the brick for the new sidewalk between Brooks Ave and Gardner St.

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 4

If you drove down Hillsborough Street last week, you saw that the brick sidewalk is underway between Brooks Avenue and Gardner Street, and wow it looks great! This section of the street is still a construction zone, so please let the crews finish up this new sidewalk and follow all pedestrian detours. 

Some of the other activities you may have seen along the construction corridor included:

  •  A crew put the finishing touches on the new retaining wall at Brooks Avenue; (The handrail that runs along the top of the wall is scheduled for installation later this month) 
  • Carolina Conduit Systems continued installing the underground telecommunication and electrical conduit between Brooks Avenue and Dixie Trail; and,
  • A crew installed the storm drains on the west side of the intersection at Shepherd Street.

In the next few months, the construction corridor will be extremely busy and will see construction activities along the entire corridor at times. 

There is scheduled work at Shepherd Street, first with PSNC’s contractor relocating gas lines, and then with the City’s contractor starting to build out the north side of the new roundabout at Shepherd Street. The contractor previously planned on reopening Shepherd Street once PSNC had completed their gas line relocations, but has switched gears and will keep the street closed to expedite the project and start the build out of the first Roundabout. The road is now expected to reopen to through traffic no later than the end of December and will remain open for the duration of the project. 

The contractor has plans to start work on the sanitary sewer and water mains for Dixie Trail beginning in the next couple of weeks. While work at the Dixie Trail intersection is underway, the street will be closed to through traffic. Patrons will still have access to East Village Bar and Grill and the Tobacco Barn and Hookah Lounge from Dixie Trail but access to Dixie Trail from Hillsborough Street will be closed. Stay tuned for upcoming road closure information coming soon!

It is important to note that there is a good deal of contaminated soil on the east side of Dixie Trail which will require special removal procedures. There is also another underground gas tank that is scheduled for removal on Wednesday, October 18, in front of the old Campus Auto. During the removal of the gas tank and the contaminated soil it is not uncommon to smell gas but be assured, the contractor takes the appropriate safety protocols. It is very important for pedestrians to avoid this area, as they put themselves and the contractors at risk if they walk through the work zone.    

Carolina Conduit Systems continues to install the new underground electrical and telecommunication duct bank between Bagwell Avenue and Dixie Trail, and curb and gutter are scheduled for installation between Brooks Avenue and Dixie Trail this week. 

Once some unexpected conflicts with existing underground private utilities are resolved between Dixie Trail and Concord Street, the work in that section will resume with the installation of storm drains along Hillsborough and Daisy Streets. 

This fall looks to be extremely busy along the north side of the Phase II corridor, but just think how good the corridor will look once it is finished.  The contractor has been making great progress since the flip to the north side, and we expect that to continue as the work moves west.

One last note, don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, October 10, at 2 p.m. at East Village Grill & Bar for our monthly construction update meeting!