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Posted on: January 4, 2019

Getting Squared Away Downtown Resumes

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Premiere and the city’s Water Dept. plan to start back work on the TAP Square project and the water pressure improvement project. Dolph Bradford and I plan to come around Tuesday morning to check in with merchants on the Washington Street side (since some do not use Facebook). Tere is also helping us get the info out. Here is the overview:

• Premiere plans to start Jan. 9 (weather permitting). This has been a very wet winter, and weather will have an impact on scheduling. Crews will start on the courthouse side of Market Street to finish that portion and finish out the remainder of the courthouse sides. This will take about 5 weeks.
• Premiere then will go to the Washington Street business side, which will take about 3 weeks. This includes extending the sidewalk, adding the new light poles, the trees, and sloping the bulb outs.
• Premiere then will go to the Jefferson Street business side, which will take about 3 weeks.
Crews are going to add temporary striping at the corner crosswalks to and from the courthouse side.

• Athens Water will start on Jan. 14 on the Marion Street side to finish up its work there. This will take about 1 week with partial street closure.
• Athens Water then will cross Washington Street and go on to Jefferson Street. This will take up to 2 ½ weeks and will require blocking some of the parking area for up to 1 ½ weeks. Athens Water will start as early in the morning as possible each day and try to stop work by lunch as crews can.
Public Works is working on its 2019 paving budget and hopes to put paving The Square in for the late August timeframe. This will give time for the street cuts to settle.

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