New concrete curbing for landscape areas and ADA compliant sidewalks have been installed and the milling of asphalt with replacement roadway surfaces are underway as The Halifax Downtown Streetscape-War Memorial Enhancement Project and the Smart Scale Turning Radius Improvement Project continues.
The right turn lane from North Main Street (U.S. 501), southbound onto Mountain Road, will remain closed during this construction activity.
The truck detour will remain in effect during construction, directing tractor-trailers to Green’s Folly Road-Sinai Road to Mountain Road west.
Eastbound traffic on Mountain Road to the U.S. 501 intersection will be reduced to one lane.
According to Eddie Ramirez, company founder and principal, the goal is to minimize flagging during the time crews are working and allow the traffic signal to manage the traffic at the intersection while motorists carefully navigate past the safety barrels.
Installation of the new ADA compliant crosswalk at Church Street and North Main Street began this week with demolishing and removing old curbing and sidewalk.
The work will continue, weather permitting, with setting and pouring new curbs in that area to improve the accessibility for visitor and business parking downtown, complementing the landscape areas and decorative streetlights around the Halifax County War Memorial and Maple Avenue Parking Plaza, according to town manager Carl Espy.
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors approved the donation of permanent Right-of-Way to VDOT necessary to build the new turning radius along with a utility easement for underground electrical conduit for the decorative streetlights, and temporary construction easement. None of the original War Memorial landscaping will be affected, and all pavers and other hardscape features will be restored as part of the project.
The sprinkler system at the War Memorial was relocated to keep the grass watered, said Espy, who added the electrical contractor has installed the lighting conduit in this area as well.
The current stage of construction is expected to be completed within 10 working days.
By early September, the new roadway surface and crosswalk striping is expected to take place which may require flagging of traffic for two days.
As Ramirez Contracting provides more detailed information, the town will pass this on to all involved, said Espy.
Motorists, business owners, customers, patrons, visitors and pedestrians traveling in these general areas within historic downtown Halifax should exercise caution at all times, particularly when heavy machinery is in operation, according to the town manager.
Substantial completion of all construction activity is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 18, weather permitting, he added.
Otis C. Vaughan Jr., CBO, Halifax County director of general properties, stated the additional improvements associated with the Halifax Courthouse Renovation Project are continuing.
Through traffic along Edmunds Boulevard remains closed due to construction.
For Phase I construction on Edmunds Boulevard from Mountain Road to the corner next to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority sally port entry, sidewalks have been demolished and are being replaced with new curbing, and the roadway has been milled down for new grading and pavement.
Vaughan has explained once this section is completed, work will begin on Phase II, with the same process taking place on Edmunds Boulevard from Blue Ridge Lane toward the intersection with South Main Street.
In addition to new sidewalks on both sides of Edmunds Boulevard from South Main Street to Mountain Road, the courthouse streetscape also will feature the installation of a new crosswalk across Mountain Road from Edmunds Boulevard to the Maple Avenue parking lot behind the Halifax County War Memorial, according to Espy.
New street lighting on Edmunds Boulevard will match the existing downtown streetscape fixtures, and the courthouse project has extended sidewalks along Blue Ridge Lane to the off-street Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority (BRRJA) Parking Plaza.
The project is scheduled for completion by April 2021.
These capital improvements within the central business district and the town of Halifax Court House Historic District will fortify the collaborative planning work and phased implementation begun in 2001, when the county and town of Halifax embarked in partnership on a revitalization project to improve downtown by providing “an attractive, pedestrian-friendly environment.”
The Halifax Downtown Master Plan was completed in 2003 to serve as a vision for the future of downtown and as a guide for phased funding, design and improvements to roadways, parking and pedestrian access for downtown businesses and public facilities, including the heritage tourism sites at the Halifax County War Memorial and Halifax Courthouse Square.
For further information contact the respective project management team representative, Espy at 476-2343 or Vaughan at 476-3300 ext. 5.