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Streetscape work ramps up at Halifax War Memorial site / July 27, 2020

Work is set to begin this week at the intersection of Main Street and Mountain Road as the Town of Halifax replaces curbing and sidewalks around the War Memorial park, all part of a broader streetscape improvement project at the county seat.

Ramirez Contracting is handling the work, which will continue this week with surface cuts and the demolition of the concrete curbing and sidewalks at the memorial site. Safety barrels will be placed around the War Memorial and along Mountain Road to keep traffic moving in both directions. Heavy trucks will be required to detour around town, on a route from Green’s Folly Road and Sinai Road to Mountain Road west.

Previously, Ramirez Contracting replaced curbing and sidewalks on Maple Avenue along the north side of Mountain Road, and installed new concrete ADA-compliant curbing at the parking lot on Maple Avenue, across the street from the courthouse.

According to Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy, this newest phase of the streetscape project will start around the middle of this week and should be finished in about 7-10 days, weather permitting. Substantial completion of all construction activity is scheduled by Sept. 18, weather permitting.

“Motorists, business owners, customers, patrons, visitors, and pedestrians traveling in these general areas within historic downtown Halifax should exercise caution at all times, particularly when heavy machinery is in operation,” said Espy of the construction activity planned this week.

The Halifax Downtown Streetscape-War Memorial Enhancement Project and the Smart Scale Turning Radius Improvement Project aim “to improve downtown by providing an attractive, pedestrian-friendly environment,” said Espy in a press release announcing the work. “The Halifax Downtown Master Plan was completed in 2003 to serve as a vision for the future of downtown and as a guide for phased funding, design and improvements to roadways, parking and pedestrian access for downtown businesses and public facilities, including the heritage tourism sites at the Halifax County War Memorial and Halifax Courthouse Square.”

With the streetscape improvements, the Town of Halifax is adding pedestrian crossings at Church Street, Mountain Road and North Main Street. Separately, Halifax County is making streetscape improvements around the courthouse with the ongoing renovation work there.

New sidewalks will be installed on Edmunds Boulevard, South Main Street and Blue Ridge Lane, and new lighting fixtures will be erected on Edmunds to match existing streetscape fixtures. Edmunds Boulevard, which is currently closed to traffic, will receive new road surfacing.

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