Community Development Block Plan
Phase 1 of the project, from Charlestown Road to Hickory Vale is currently underway. This phase calls for a full complete reconstruction of the pathway. During this phase, curbs, gutters, and complete stormwater system are being added, new traffic signals, along with sidewalks and new road reconstruction and paving. This project is expected to be complete in the Fall of 2017.
The Mt. Tabor Road Restoration and Pedestrian Safety project includes nearly 1.1 miles of new road construction, full curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. The need for this project is clear, considering the renewed surface cracking and foundation shifting occurring near the Slate Run creek slopes, along with the lack of any pedestrian facilities along the roadway. This project will provide a much needed reconstructed road that will aim to improve both pedestrian safety and provide traffic calming mechanisms.
Additionally, this project will provide a long-term solution to the road-erosion and safety issues on Mt. Tabor Road. Over 2 years ago, a slide occurred on the hillside of Mt. Tabor Road. The City provided a temporary solution to the road failure and erosion issues 2 years ago, and this new federally funded project (80% federal funding, 20% local funding) will ensure that a long-term solution is in place that keeps residents and families in the neighborhood safe. The total anticipated cost for the Mt. Tabor road reconstruction project is about $6.5 million, with the city’s 20% percentage being about $1.3 million.
The original plans for improvement to the area called for a roundabout at the intersection of Mt. Tabor Road and Klerner Lane. After receiving feedback from residents and neighbors, this intersection has been scaled back to a 4-way intersection with a traffic signal.
Over 1800 new signs are being replaced and updated for new retro-reflectivity standards. Old, faded, and outdated regulatory and directional signs and posts will be replaced with this project, helping improve clarity and safety for both pedestrians and drivers. This project is expected to be completed by the end of October.
After digging up the intersection, it was discovered that water was escaping the stormsewer system during heavy rains. This caused nearby soil to wash away, and the roadway to begin sinking, forming the “dip” in the road. Over time, this also caused the sewer and stormwater lines to shift. This project will repair those lines, and repair the foundation of the roadway all the way to the bedrock to ensure that the system will not move in the future.
Utility companies have completed work here, and crews are beginning removing non-ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and replacing them before the full-reconstruction of the road begins. Due to the base failure, many potholes and cracks had opened in the roadway, which has now prompted the full-depth reconstruction and re-paving of the roadway. This project is estimated to be completed in mid-November. Travel will be limited to local access only. For all others, a detour will take motorists from Green Valley Road to Daisy Lane to Graybrook.