Sidewalk schedule shifted; construction starts in July

kjahner@newsobserver.comJune 20, 2014 

— The town will likely alter the sequence of sidewalk projects as a City of Raleigh task pushes a high-priority Buffaloe Road sidewalk to the back burner.

Work on the Claymore Drive project will start the week of July 6. But plans to connect the N.C. 50 bridge over U.S. 70 to Main Street and Garner Road will also be delayed; in this case they await railroad company approval as the project passes underneath the tracks.

“They’ve had (the town’s) plans for several months but we cannot move forward until we get approval from them,” town engineer Tony Chalk said. “Once we have that, construction will proceed.”

With Buffaloe Road pushed back, the Thompson Road sidewalk connecting the Breezeway neighborhood to Timber Drive could move up in the batting order.

“At this point we haven’t made a decision on it,” Chalk said of how the town would proceed and whether it would begin with the Thompson Road sidewalk. “We haven’t designed it, so construction would be three to four months out anyway.”

The discussion at the June 17 council meeting constituted the regular update on bond projects scheduled for every other month.

The update indicates bids will be awarded in July for construction of the new police station (a project budgeted at $4.5 million) and U.S. 70 improvement on Jessup Drive ($375,000).

The police station will be built into a renovated medical office building at 912 Seventh Ave. The completion date is set for may of 2015.

Sidewalk work on Jessup Drive, like the Claymore Drive/Buckingham Road sidewalk, should completed this summer.

The Buffaloe Road sidewalk linking neighborhoods in southeast Garner to White Deer Park must wait until the City of Raleigh completes a project to replace a water main, a project scheduled for completion in the spring of 2015.

Board of Adjustment adjusted

Initially selected as replacement members to fill two vacant seats on the town’s board of adjustment committee, Dean Fox and Craig Lewis will instead take roles as alternates.

The current alternates, Annette Barksile and Willam Pittman, instead will join the board as regular members. The council approved the new members Tuesday evening.

“The general process is to ask the alternates to step into regular positions if they desire (rather than bring on new regular members),” Councilman Ken Marshburn noted, adding that Barksile and Pittman indicated they would accept regular seats.

The board hears and decides appeals regarding decisions made by enforcement officials regarding the town’s development ordinances, and also rules on applications for special use permits seeking exceptions and variances from town codes.

Police parking

The council granted the town attorney permission to work with the county to complete an agreement to reorganize and the parking lot of Southeast Regional Library and adjust some easement considerations.

The area will be reconfigured as the new police station is built next door.

Jahner: 919-829-4822; Twitter: @garnercleveland

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