Let There be Medians and Roundabouts

Hillsborough Street construction image

Posted Friday, March 9

We had some heavy winds last week the that wreaked havoc on the construction signs, barrels and barricades, and then there was more rain on Tuesday. The good news: we did not get the snow the northeast did, and work along Hillsborough Street continues to move along.

Last week, a crew milled the asphalt down in the center of Hillsborough Street from the Gardner Street intersection to the Rosemary/Shepherd Street intersection for the new medians. This week, the installation of the new median curbs are underway. Due to the cold weather, the new curbing is under heavy blankets, but we should be able to see them next week, once they have had time to cure.

Work on the Shepherd/Rosemary Street roundabout is also in full swing this week. On Thursday a crew was grading the Rosemary side of the roundabout, and on Friday a concrete team is scheduled to pour the outer and inner curbs. Next week, weather permitting, they are scheduled to install the truck apron between these curbs on the Rosemary side of the roundabout. This will complete the concrete work in the middle of the roundabout.  Asphalt wedging will complete the roundabout later in March.

Work continues on Daisy Street. The City’s contractor (Pipeline Utilities) has the street scheduled to reopen at the end of March. All the storm drain work along Daisy Street is complete. On Thursday, Fred Adams installed the brick sidewalk on the Triangle Motorsports side of Daisy Street, and the second driveway to Triangle Motor Sports was poured last week and should be ready to drive on after this weekend. Next week, a concrete crew will pour the northern driveway apron at Cup a Joe and the new sidewalk on the east side of Cup a Joe. PSNC needs to replace a gas line on Daisy Street and is scheduled to return to Daisy Street at the end of next week. The PSNC work will require Hillsborough Street to close to through traffic one night while they connect the new line with one that is located in the middle of the north (westbound) lane of Hillsborough Street. 

There has also been a lot of construction activity near the East Village Grill and Bar and Dixie Trail. Pipeline Utilities has completed major grading work on the southern part of the parking area, and a new retaining wall was completed on Thursday. Next week, crews will install a wall drain at the retaining wall and the rest of the curb around the retaining wall. At the end of the week, crews are scheduled to fine grade the parking area in preparation to pave the southern part at the beginning of the next week.

Looking ahead, once the roundabout at the Rosemary/Shepherd Street intersection is completed, Pipeline Utilities will begin installing the new roundabout at Dixie Trail.

Stay up to date on the construction news and find out what to expect next along the corridor. The monthly Construction Update Meeting is on Tuesday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at East Village Grill & Bar.   During the meeting, Project Manager Richard Dickie will give an update on the status of the project and what to expect in the coming weeks. Hope to see you there!