Friday night start set for work to smooth out city intersection

Published 9:06am Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Work will soon start to improve one of the busiest intersections in Elizabethton.
Construction on asphalt improvements at East Elk Avenue and Sycamore Street in downtown Elizabethton is scheduled to begin Friday night.
Elizabethton Street and Sanitation Director Danny Hilbert said the work would start with milling the asphalt on Friday, May 2. The work will start in the evening and paving will begin on Saturday morning, May 3.
The project will be completed on May 9 and 10 when the asphalt will be prepared and stamped with the new crosswalk.
Through the construction project, which is budgeted at $125,000, the rutted, bumpy asphalt in the intersection will be removed and new asphalt will be put down. New alternate color crosswalks will be installed as well during the project.
Hilbert said traffic will continue to flow through the intersection because some lanes will be kept open while work is being done on the other lanes.
“The businesses will be taken care of,” Hilbert said.
Hilbert said construction would be done in a way to maintain traffic through the intersection so merchants can keep their stores open and there not be a large impact on their daily business.
However, the construction will have an impact on the weekly Carter County Car Club Cruise-in.
Hilbert said he had spoken with car club officials who said they would discuss not having the car show on May 2.
Hilbert said the show would not be in downtown on May 10 anyway, because the show was scheduled to be held at Elizabethton High School for the Cars, Blues and Barbecue fundraiser for East Side Elementary principal Josh Wandell.

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