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Washington Avenue road project to start soon

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

The Washington Avenue Road Improvement Project will begin work soon, so the Frankfort Street Department is asking the public to be careful and follow instructions from construction crews and signage when traversing Washington Avenue between Williams Road and Hoke Avenue.

The road replacement project will include new sidewalks, asphalt and utilities as well as the removal of the railroad crossing near the Milky Way.

The first part of the project will include utility relocation starting the second week of December, according to a press release from Frankfort Street Department Superintendent Jason Forsythe. Signage will go up soon, in advance of utility relocation. Road, sidewalk and curb work should start in April, and the project will be set to be completed by August of 2019.

“We ask for everyone’s cooperation to help insure the safety of drivers, pedestrians and the construction crews,” Forsythe wrote in the press release. “We are excited for this project to start and thank you for your patience through the project’s completion.”

The Local Public Agency (LPA) $3.7 million dollar federally funded infrastructure improvement project is an 80/20 split, meaning 80 percent is federally funded and the remaining 20 percent comes from local funds.

Atlas Excavating is the prime contractor and American Structurepoint is providing onsite project monitoring.

Atlas Excavating will also partner with Norfolk Southern railway to remove the old railway crossing.

“There will be some partial lane closures at times,” Forsythe said. “They will start putting signage up in the next couple days because they need to be up 14 days ahead of the project. If they are working in the road, it will be a one-lane closure.”

Washington Avenue was paved in the last few years, but Forsythe says this should be a more extensive resurfacing.

“That was a road paving that we knew that we had to do just because the road was not in very good shape,” he said. “The paving that is there now will remain through next spring. When they get to the road project side of things, it will be a new road and sidewalk. Normally, we will mill about two inches and pour two back. This will be about five inches of asphalt and put much more back on. I assume that will be the case here. Obviously, it wont be done until the weather warms back up.”

Forsythe says that the Street Department would also like to eventually resurface the section of Washington Avenue between Hoke Avenue and Maish Road.

“Yes, we are looking,” Forsythe said. “It won’t be part of our project next year because it is not one that made the list, but we will definitely have to look at doing some milling and resurfacing there at a later date.”