Downtown renovations delayed for weeks
by Mark Ledbetter
CHILDERSBURG — The Downtown Streetscape and Traffic Signals Project has encountered weather and production delays, pushing the original March 17 completion date back several weeks.

The $482,648 project began Oct. 1 and includes intersections beginning at Tenth Avenue through Eighth Avenue downtown.

Jay Turner, construction inspector for the engineering firm of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc., estimated the project to be 50 to 60 percent complete.

Turner said rainy conditions have hampered construction. According to information from the National Weather Service, since Dec. 1 the area has received light to heavy rain 58 days in the past three months.

“Construction can’t resume until after a one-day recovery of rain,” Turner said.

He also said the traffic signal light installation has been on hold because manufacturing the poles has not been completed. The State Highway Department is providing the two traffic signals at a cost of $125,000 each. Traffic signals will be mounted on 22-foot, 4-inch decorative poles with the signals extending from the arms.

Travelers have had to negotiate stop signs when entering First Street from side streets. The Childersburg Police Department reports only two traffic accidents downtown have been reported since the old traffic lights were removed Oct. 1.

Approximately half of the new pedestrian lights have been installed. The new lamps are Holophane GranVille lamps mounted on 12-foot poles. The lamps are designed to increase nighttime visibility and improve pedestrian safety while reducing energy consumption.

Some sidewalks remain to be poured before the remaining lights can be set. Also remaining to be completed are the “Conquistador” stamped handicap ramps at the street corners, the brick inlays, and the landscaping.

Powe General Contractors were awarded the project.

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