Landscapers Preston Crowder and Cale Newton of Jerry Epps Landscaping searched for the water line Tuesday morning around the Halifax War Memorial as part of their irrigation efforts.
It was one of the first steps of the Halifax Downtown Streetscape-War Memorial Enhancement Project and the Smart Scale Turning Radius Improvement Project.
Safety barrels lined the sidewalk of the Halifax War Memorial, and Crowder explained the goal is to move the sidewalk inward by at the intersection of Route 501 and Route 360 as well as shift the sidewalk on Maple Avenue.
The scope of this project is to improve/realign the intersection of 501/360 to accommodate freight turning movements and widening existing lanes from 11 feet to 12 feet, according to VDOT’s Smart Scale online portal.
The work also will involve installation of ADA compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, landscape areas and decorative streetlights around the Halifax County War Memorial and Maple Avenue parking lot in addition to the installation of the crosswalk at Church Street and North Main Street (Route 501), according to Carl Espy, town manager.
It was announced in March of 2019 that the town had procured a $738,925 grant for its Virginia Department of Transportation six-year improvement plan Smart Scale project at the intersection.
Substantial completion of construction activity is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 18, weather permitting.
Ramirez Contracting, LLC, working under the Virginia Department of Transportation, is set to construct the Halifax Downtown Streetscape-War Memorial Enhancement Project and the Smart Scale Turning Radius Improvement Project.
At the next stage of construction for the War Memorial turning radius, to be announced, a temporary truck detour plan with special signage will be required.
On the other side of Route 360, work continued on the Halifax Courthouse Renovation Project closing Edmunds Boulevard.
Sidewalks were demolished and will be replaced with new curbing, and the roadway was milled down for new grading and pavement.
Work will continue on Edmunds Boulevard from Mountain Road to the corner next to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority sally port entry.
This will be a lengthy process, Otis C. Vaughan Jr., Halifax County director of general properties, has explained, and once this section is completed, he said work would begin on Phase II.
As part of Phase II, he said the same process would take place on Edmunds Boulevard from Blue Ridge Lane toward the intersection with South Main Street (Route 501).
In addition to milling Edmunds Boulevard, workers continued to work near the front of the courthouse along Main Street and on the roof Tuesday.
The courthouse is scheduled for completion by April 2021.