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City: Work begins on Arlington Boulevard next week

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Traffic passes by J.H. Rose High School on Arlington Boulevard on May 21, 2019. (Molly Urbina/The Daily Reflector)

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By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Work to rehabilitate two sections of Arlington Boulevard will begin to impact motorists in Greenville next week, the city announced.  

Crews will begin the work on the eastbound lanes between Hooker Road and Evans Street first, and closures in that section are scheduled to last until late summer, officials said. Contractors are expected to mobilize on Tuesday.

A news release issued by the city on Tuesday said an exact date of the first closure has yet to be finalized by the contractor, but it will be within days of the mobilization.

“This is a pretty significant construction project impacting major roadways,” Public Works Director Mulligan said at a May 10 City Council meeting. About 40,000 motorist travel the road daily.

Mulligan said traffic will be reduced from four to two lanes at various stages during the construction, and crews will try to mitigate impact by working nights when possible to avoid traffic associated with J.H. Rose High School, which sits between Hooker and Evans.

Posted detours will direct motorists around the area on Greenville Boulevard, Evans and Hooker, although other routes will be available, including the 10th Street Connector. Completion of the connector was factored into the start date of the project, Mulligan said.

After that section is completed, construction will begin between Evans Street and Greenville Boulevard. That work is scheduled to be completed in the winter. Motorists will be detoured onto Evans Street, Red Banks Road and Greenville Boulevard during this time, the release said. 

The construction will include work to reconstruct the pavement surface, replace aging stormwater infrastructure, upgrade ADA ramps, and construct a greenway path and sidewalk.

Each section will have two construction phases — one for each direction of travel. The city will maintain one-way traffic in the direction of the travel lanes that are not under construction in each phase. The eastbound traffic will be detoured while work proceeds on the eastbound lanes and vice versa.

Detour signs will be posted to direct motorists during construction. Access will be maintained to all schools, businesses, and residences throughout the project, according to the city.

“The Arlington Boulevard improvements project is a much needed one for the City of Greenville as it will complete the rehabilitation of the busiest roadway that is maintained by the city, while the end result will be a smoother surface that all motorists will enjoy,” Public Information Officer Brock Letchworth said. 

Letchworth said a webpage along with handouts will also be available to update citizens on the project.   

“The plan is to create a webpage like we’ve done with other projects with the city where folks can go and get information on exactly what the project is all about, what it consists of and so forth,” Letchworth said.

The City Council voted unanimously on May 10 to approve a $4,487,484 contract with the Fred Smith Company of Raleigh to make the upgrades. The work is the last phase of improvements to the road. Lengths between Hooker and Stantonsburg roads and Greenville Boulevard and Fire Tower Road have been completed.

The work is among repairs and improvements voters approved to fund in a 2015 bond referendum.

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