City warns of noise as culvert project moves forward
By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, May 17, 2018
As work continues on the $33 million Town Creek Culvert project, city officials are warning residents who live near work sites to expect some loud construction noise in the coming weeks.
According to a monthly update of the project released on Wednesday, work on installing the culvert will reach the Third Street area in the coming weeks.
During this phase of the project, shoring will be installed to stabilize the banks as a trench is being cut for culvert installation.
Installation of the shoring at Third and Fourth Streets will require the use of a vibratory hammer. During that time, the release said, residents will hear some loud construction noise, which is normal for this process.
At the same time, contractors also will begin boring the sanitary sewer under Fourth Street and continue tree removal and site preparation operations between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The release said no significant traffic effects are expected for area residents.
The Town Creek Culvert is responsible for draining stormwater from about 250 acres downtown and in adjacent areas. It begins near Ninth and Ficklen streets and continues to an outlet into the Tar River between Reade Circle and South Summit Street.
Approval to repair, replace and reconstruct the culvert system was given by the City Council during a October 2017 meeting.
Portions of the culvert were built before 1935. As the city continues to develop and the aging culvert continues to deteriorate, flooding downtown has become of an increasing concern. On Jan. 1, 2016, a portion of the culvert underneath Third Street between Summit and Reade Streets collapsed during a storm, creating a gaping hole that has closed the road since.
Upgrades also were necessitated by the Tenth Street Connector project, which will direct stormwater from two other outfalls into the culvert and increase the amount of stormwater in the system.