[Note: A previous version of this post stated Friday, May 1 as the start date. However, the start was pushed back by the contractors after this information was released to media and the public.]
During construction, contractor Fred Smith Company will remove the existing sidewalks, install conduits, and move water meters. New concrete sidewalk, brick pavers, and granite curb will then be installed, giving streets the same look and feel as Chatham Street. Once crews are finished with the area, Duke Energy Progress will install new street lights.
Schedule of Work
The following portions of street will be affected beginning Friday:
- south side of Carthage Street between Horner Boulevard and Steele Street,
- north side of Wicker Street between Horner Boulevard and Steele Street, and
- south side of McIver Street between Chatham Street and Big Buffalo Creek.
- north side of Main Street between Dalrymple Street and Horner Boulevard, and
- south side of Trade Street between Main Street and Fayetteville Street.
Each stage of construction is expected to last five to six weeks. Remaining streets in both downtowns will be addressed during subsequent stages of the streetscape project. Updates on street work will be published here.
Parking and sidewalks will be closed along affected areas. Crews will install temporary paths to storefronts so that all businesses will be accessible during the construction. Streets may close when the contractor is working in intersections.
After all sidewalk work in both Sanford and Jonesboro is complete, crews will switch businesses from the overhead utilities to the new underground ones. They will also add street furniture and landscaping.
Voters approved the streetscape project in Sanford’s 2013 municipal bond referendum. They also approved $2 million in Sidewalk Improvement bonds, $4 million in Greenway and Trails bonds, and $2 million in Parks and Recreational bonds.
The City issued sidewalk bonds with streetscape bonds earlier this year. The other bonds will be issued in subsequent phases of the revitalization.
Questions about the streetscape project should be directed to David Montgomery at 919-777-1400 or email@example.com.