Work begins on Jefferson Street Monday
By KERRY CRAIG
News-Telegram Staff Writer
It is time to start making new driving plans if your daily route involves the area north and east of the courthouse, but the city has postponed the start for a week, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell.
“We are going to clog up traffic again for a while,” Maxwell said. “We were considering starting the Jefferson Street Project, between the courthouse and Briley’s Barber Shop this week, but then we have Good Friday and we thought people just won’t like that a whole lot if we get it started, tear it up and start a three-day weekend. We will wait until the day after Easter Sunday.”
The construction will involve the stabilization of the subsoil by tilling in dry cement and packing and leveling to bring the surface up to grade.
The next step, just as with the other streets, will involve pouring cement forms followed by laying brick pavers to form the new street surface.
The cracked, crumbling and uneven sidewalk along Jefferson will also be rebuilt similar to sidewalks along the other streets that been rebuilt.
“The configuration will be exactly the same as it is, the street won't get any wider or narrower, no more or less parking spaces,” he said. “What you've got there now is what you will have when we're done.”
Electric power poles and lines are being moved off the street and are being relocated behind the businesses along that section of Jefferson in a process not unlike that on Main Street.
The city manager said plans call for the work to be done as quickly as possible and to keep inconvenience to a minimum.
“The way we will do that is in two parts,” he said. “We will do the intersection of Oak and Jefferson and the section of Jefferson adjacent to the courthouse all in one pass but we will leave the Church Street intersection open while we do it because that would be a real mess.”
As soon as the short segment of Jefferson is complete, city workers will be working against time to complete the intersection at Church and Jefferson streets.
“Then, when we reopen the intersection at Jefferson and Oak and we've got a length of street done in between, then we will close the intersection at Church Jefferson and rebuild it,” he said. “When we get to that point, it will be mandatory overtime, long days, seven days a week until we get it done.”
Maxwell said he hoped to have the final street rebuilding project around the downtown plaza complete within three months.
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