To facilitate continued utility relocation activities and accommodate future traffic shifts, 9th/Avon Street will be reduced to two lanes to remove the concrete median and install a movable jersey wall barrier beginning weekdays starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7. Pavement patching will be conducted and traffic control devices(barrels) removed at the end of each workday. Construction vehicles will be entering/exiting the work zone within 9th/Avon Street on a limited basis and traffic will be monitored by onsite inspectors. Daytime work is expected to be complete this week with work switching to nighttime as construction begins adjacent to the turning lanes.
Vehicular travel on Graves Street between 9th/Avon Street and Monticello Road will be controlled by flagging between 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, September 7 until Friday, September 10. Monticello Road between Graves Street and Old Avon will remain closed to vehicular travel to simplify traffic control. The underground duct bank system for private utilities (electrical and telecommunication) is being extended through Graves Street. Conduit boring has been completed and the duct bank being installed within open trenches within the roadway expected to be complete this week. Steel plates will be used to cover completed sections at the end of each weekday. Completed sections will be backfilled and patched with temporary pavement each Friday.
A temporary parking lot with 58 spaces will be opened to the public. Public Parking signs will direct citizens to the entrance of the lot off of South Street. Spaces are currently not time restricted. The existing parking lot under the bridge will then be closed to allow for reconstruction of the bridge over top and to create a laydown/storage area for the contractor.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project area and access to private parcels will be accommodated.
Construction is being conducted by Caton Construction Group, Inc. for the City of Charlottesville’s Department of Public Works. The contractor is undergrounding electrical as well as telecommunication lines to accommodate the future pedestrian underpass under 9th/Avon Street between South Street and Monticello Road and maintain service to neighboring parcels.
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