The intersection of Church and Jefferson streets was re-opened today after being closed several weeks while the intersection was dug up, utilities replaced and a surface of new brick pavers put in place.
Initially, the work was expected to take six to eight weeks, but the city’s Capital Improvements division has completed the project in about half the time to bring the overall street program to an end – almost.
“Well, we are almost through,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said. “We are going close Main Street tomorrow, first one end and then the other end to re-brick the cross walks.”
When Main St. was rebuilt, the cross walks were put in using the same color bricks as the street and, in the interest of safety, the city will be changing to the lighter colored brick used on the other streets.
“We had the extra brick laying around and we are going replace all the bricks in the cross walks,” he said. “It should be one day and we are out of there.”
The work on the crosswalks will mark the completion of all the work on the square but more work is planned in the downtown area.
“We are re-doing a block of Davis and a block of Connally but it will not be in brick,” Maxwell said. “It will just be a re-paving job and, maybe, a concrete intersection. We’re done with this stuff.”
The work around the Davis-Connally intersection will coincide with the construction of the new city office building in the historic Post Office-Public Library that is expected to be complete later this year.
“We’re still looking at the end of October to be in there,” Maxwell said. “It is starting to move along smartly now.”
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