<![CDATA[Athens Main Street - Downtown Construction]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:25:53 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Update 10/19/15]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:47:52 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/10/update-101915.htmlStarting Tuesday, Oct. 20, Marion Street between Bryan and Hobbs streets will be closed indefinitely for City Hall work.
Marion Street by the Courthouse also is closed this week, Oct. 19-24, for the Athens Storytelling Festival.
Hobbs Street by City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 20, for drainage work.]]>
<![CDATA[Update 10/12/15]]>Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:48:05 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/10/update-101215.htmlPublic Works Director James Rich reported tonight at City Council that the south side of Washington St islands are done. The north side at Washington and Marion should be done by next week in time for Storytelling. Still running electrical conduit. The last island to be done will be at Washington and Jefferson.
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<![CDATA[Update 10/7/15]]>Wed, 07 Oct 2015 19:00:51 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/10/update-10715.htmlUpdate from Public Works:
"We are running slightly ahead of where we anticipated we'd be. The interior side of the Square will take about a month more to finish out.
Additionally, we do not anticipate that this will alter parade routes. There may still be some sidewalk work going on during the earlier parades, but we do not anticipate having any streets closed as it relates to this project."]]>
<![CDATA[Update 9/18/15]]>Fri, 18 Sep 2015 20:52:57 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/09/update-91815.htmlPaving and sewer work starting Monday

Paving 
Weather permitting, Public Works will begin paving streets in the downtown area on Monday, Sept. 21. This may require lane closures and detours. Please use caution. The streets to be paved are: 

Pryor Street from Jefferson Street to Elkton Street 
Beaty Street from Pryor Street to Hobbs Street 
Clinton Street from Pryor Street to Hobbs Street 
Hobbs Street from the railroad tracks east nearly to East Street 

Sewer Work 
On Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21 and 22, the Wastewater Department will continue its progress on the sewer rehabilitation project. Weather permitting, crews will start work Monday at 7 a.m. and continue through Tuesday. The areas to be closed are: 

Coleman Avenue from Seventh Street to 10th Street 
Ninth Street from Levert Avenue to Grace Avenue 
Intersection at Coleman Avenue and Ninth Street 

Residents will be allowed to enter and exit their driveways.]]>
<![CDATA[Update 9/17/15]]>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:28:19 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/09/update-91715.htmlWastewater is closing Jefferson Street from Market to Washington streets and the intersection of Washington and Jefferson streets this morning, Sept. 17, to cleanup and cold mix the streets. It will reopen in approximately 4 hours ( around noon).

This is the sewer line that services the Limestone County Courthouse among other customers. The work on the sewer is being done now before paving starts on the Washington Street ATRIP grant project next year. This is one of three projects that must be completed prior to paving.

Athens Utilities is running underground electrical services to provide electricity for the Limestone County Commission's expansion and renovation of the courthouse and the addition of electrical cabinets to serve vendors and entertainers during downtown events.

As part of the ATRIP grant project, Public Works is installing the islands to create signalized crosswalks to and from the courthouse to provide handicap accessibility and improve pedestrian safety. Public Works also is improving drainage and installing ADA compliant sidewalks for wheelchair access. The ATRIP grant is funding 80 percent of the Washington Street resurfacing project.]]>
<![CDATA[Update 9/15/15]]>Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:33:38 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/09/update-91515.htmlThe Wastewater Department has closed both lanes of Jefferson Street from Washington to Market streets today, Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16 for sewer rehab.

This is the sewer line that services the Limestone County Courthouse among other customers. The work on the sewer is being done now before paving starts on the Washington Street ATRIP grant project next year. This is one of three projects that must be completed prior to paving.

Athens Utilities is running underground electrical services to provide electricity for the Limestone County Commission's expansion and renovation of the courthouse and the addition of electrical cabinets to serve vendors and entertainers during downtown events.

As part of the ATRIP grant project, Public Works is installing the islands to create signalized crosswalks to and from the courthouse to provide handicap accessibility and improve pedestrian safety. Public Works also is improving drainage and installing ADA compliant sidewalks for wheelchair access.]]>
<![CDATA[Downtown to Become Wi-Fi Hotspot]]>Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:56:00 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/09/downtown-to-become-wi-fi-hotspot.htmlPicture
Let's light it up! Downtown is to become a wireless hot spot.
The system through Traveller Multimedia Network will also provide backup internet for city/county facilities make the Sportplex a hotspot, and maintain a live web cam on Downtown Athens.
The live web cam will show Athens 24/7!! You'll be able to check in on different events and Athens Police will be able to use footage as needed should there be a crime committed Downtown.
Stay tuned for updates!!

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<![CDATA[Update 9/11/15]]>Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:55:37 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/09/update-91115.htmlSewer installation reminder:

The southbound lane of South Jefferson Street from Green to Washington streets will remain closed through the weekend.

On Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14 and 15, Washington Street will be closed from Madison to Jefferson streets. Also, the southbound and turning lanes of Jefferson Street will be closed from Market to Green streets.


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<![CDATA[Downtown PlanĀ ]]>Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:52:13 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/09/downtown-plan.html]]><![CDATA[Update September 7-11]]>Wed, 09 Sep 2015 21:17:55 GMThttp://spiritofathens.com/2/post/2015/09/update-september-7-11.htmlDowntown Work Update for the week of Sept. 7-11

Improvements to the downtown district continue this week with the Wastewater Department doing sewer line installation.

Crews will close the southbound lane of South Jefferson Street between Market and Green streets on Wednesday, Sept. 9, starting at 7 a.m. This lane will remain closed for about four hours. Also, crews will close the intersection of Washington and Jefferson streets for three hours starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Emergency traffic will be allowed access. If traffic becomes too dangerous for crews, the Wastewater Department will close both lanes.

The sewer installation work will continue on Thursday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 11, when crews will close the southbound lane of South Jefferson Street between Green and Washington streets.

Sewer installation is one of several downtown projects underway to improve this retail, tourist, and historic destination. Sewer work began in 2014 when the city contracted with Hawkins Groundwork for $587,412 to replace clay sewer lines, some 100 years old and older. This is being done to improve capacity and help prevent overflows and leaks, which occur as the clay pipes crack or fail.

Another project is improved electrical service for the Limestone County Courthouse. The Limestone County Commission’s renovation of the courthouse began in 2012 and required new electrical work. Athens Utilities currently is running the electrical underground to the courthouse. The new electrical work will serve expanded courthouse facilities, such as additional courtrooms, as well as electrical cabinets for use by vendors during events on The Square. 

A third project underway downtown is the ATRIP grant project for Washington Street. In 2013, the City of Athens received $736,000 from the ATRIP grant program for a $920,000 project to resurface and improve Washington Street from Hoffman Street to U.S. 72, which includes the section through downtown Athens.  The Limestone County Commission is funding its portion of the road, which is $26,000, with the city funding the remainder. 

The Public Works Department currently is building islands on Washington Street in preparation for the ATRIP paving project. This is to improve handicap accessibility and pedestrian safety by installing ADA compliant sidewalks and signalized crossings to the courthouse. Pedestrians, including those in wheelchairs, must now cross in the middle of the streets through traffic without the aid of signals. Crews plan to complete this work in October, weather permitting. The city will work with the Alabama Department of Transportation to schedule paving this portion of Washington Street in February after the Christmas shopping season.

The fourth project will not begin until next year but will complement the Washington Street project. The city received a $391,000 Transportation Alternatives Program grant this year to enhance pedestrian safety and install ADA compliant features. The city’s portion is $97,750. The project, which could take up to two years, will include sidewalk improvements, signalized crossings to the courthouse, energy efficient lighting and streetscape enhancements. The Limestone County Commission plans to install the same energy efficient lighting around the courthouse.

The Spirit of Athens, Athens-Limestone Tourism Association and Athens Rotary have each committed $15,000 for a total of $45,000 toward the city’s TAP project and the county’s electrical cabinets/lighting project. 

The City of Athens and Athens Utilities are working with Spirit of Athens to keep downtown merchants and citizens informed about street closures and construction work. This is being done through social media, news media and Spirit of Athens’ direct contact with merchants.

“This is a disruption for merchants and those who shop and do business downtown,” said City of Athens spokesperson Holly Hollman. “However, this will provide a safer experience downtown, especially for our citizens with physical handicaps, and it will allow us to meet the electrical needs for those who use The Square for events such as Singing on The Square and Athens Grease Festival.”

Citizen Anita Raby said she is appreciative of the improvements since she has difficulty walking.

“I am much more appreciative of handicap accessible facilities since I have difficulty walking,” Raby said. “The beautification improvements will also be a nice addition to downtown. I appreciate the work being done to make our downtown enjoyable by all citizens.”

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