On Tuesday, October 2, City Council approved two major road projects. Below are highlights of what was approved.
A $5.6 million contract to widen Randall Parkway from Independence Boulevard to South College Road. Designed to alleviate heavy congestion that regularly occurs between Kerr Avenue to South College Road and add capacity for future traffic growth, the project will also extend the Cross City Trail from Brailsford Drive to Marlboro Street. The construction contract was awarded to Sealand Contractors Corp. of Charlotte, the same contractor doing the North 3rd Street Improvement Project. Construction is expected to begin later this fall.
$976,000 in additional funding for the North 3rd Street Improvement Project. The additional funding will provide paving that will last a minimum of 10 years before major repairs or repaving would need to be done, as opposed to cheaper options that would last only 3-5 years.
The need for more extensive paving work became apparent as the road was torn up during construction. The original $9.4 million project is a major overhaul for North 3rd Street from the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to Market Street, including replacing aging water and sewer lines, installing new sidewalks and putting power lines underground. The project began in 2011 and is expected to be largely completed by the end of this year.
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Read more about North 3rd Street Improvements.