Out and about on Hillsborough Street

Duke Energy removing Poles on Hillsborough Street and Reader's Corner Driveway

Posted Wednesday, April 12

We had a moment to get out on the street and take some pictures this week. The primary focus of the visit was the area around Reader’s Corner. (Yes, they are open by the way.) We wanted to see how the parking lot was shaping up.

Crews completed the curb and gutter, driveway apron, and the grading work at Reader's Corner. One of the pictures accompanying this post is a shot of the parking lot. Crews installed the new brick sidewalk in areas between Reader’s Corner and SubConscious. The missing sidewalk spaces you may see are due to utility poles that have yet to be removed. Once the poles are removed, crews will backtrack and install the remaining sidewalks, curb and gutter, and driveway aprons.

Speaking of utility poles, Duke Energy Progress (DEP) is in the process of removing utility poles. The other picture attached to this post depicts DEP crews removing the wires from utility poles from Concord Street running west towards Rosemary Street. DEP is on target to have all the poles on the south side removed by April 27, enabling crews to finish the new sidewalk and curb and gutter installation on the south side.

Daisy Street is another very busy area along the corridor this week. On Monday, April 10, contractors closed Daisy Street from just north of the Cup A Joe parking lot to the Hillsborough Street intersection. Contractors are installing a new watermain and sanitary sewer line from Hillsborough Street to Daisy Street. The street closure is expected to extend to the close of business on Wednesday, May 10, but the street will reopen earlier if the work is completed sooner. Parking on both sides of Daisy Street is also unavailable from just south of Douglas Street to Hillsborough Street (approximately 350 feet) while the work is underway. The Street is scheduled to close again early this summer while contractors install new storm drains, underground electrical and telecommunication conduits, curb and gutter, and sidewalks. Parking for Cup A Joe’s, Right Price Books & Records, and Pantana’s Pool Hall and Saloon is still available in the parking lot behind the building. Access to this lot is available from Hillsborough Street, and from Daisy Street on the north end of the lot.

Last week PSNC’s contractor, ITS, closed Dixie Trail and Friendly Drive to traffic at the intersection of Hillsborough Street while they relocated gas lines. Currently, Dixie Trail is open to traffic and Friendly Drive is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday morning.

Lastly, grading operations are in the works along the corridor in preparation for paving operations scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 12. So, let’s keep our fingers crossed that the rain holds off while paving operations are underway.  

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