Street closures continue again this weekend

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 07:06 PM

The projects changing out downtown traffic signals and street lights is entering the home stretch on Garnett Street in Henderson, and the upgrades are marking a changed appearance.

Ray Griffin, city manager, on Friday said that a portion of Garnett Street will likely be closed for work on Sunday, taking place starting at 6 a.m., and work is on schedule for completion during the coming week or early next month. This is the third weekend of Sunday morning street closure on Garnett.

“I think they have some work to do, so I believe they’ll be out again this weekend,” Griffin said. “Their plan is to finish, if not by the end of August, then by around the beginning of September. They have made good progress from what I can tell.”

The process has been for city crews to utilize Thursdays and Fridays to prepare sidewalk locations where the street lights are to go, cutting into the ground through the pavement.

The Duke Energy Progress crews do the heavy lifting on Sundays for each prepared section, and then the city crews restore the pavement and sidewalks on Mondays and Tuesdays, securing the new streetlights in place.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has been sending crews to replace intersection signals along the same section of Garnett Street. The new signal lights use LED technology, conserving energy and providing longer bulb life. They are also being set higher, in accordance with state guidelines.

The work by Duke is drawing close to getting done well in advance of an Oct. 1 completion goal.

The city approved replacement of 65 street lights along Garnett Street, some estimated at more than 80 years old.

Existing 35-foot poles are being replaced with taller 40-foot poles in order to comply with changing regulations and in order to provide the lighting at a more uniform brightness throughout the thoroughfare.

The continued use of overhead wiring requires plain poles be used instead of the more historic design models, but the lights themselves are a tear-drop style matching the lights on Breckenridge Street between the library and police department.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.