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Starting July 9, North Franklin Street will be closed in both directions in the Downtown area from Graham Street and extending 500 feet toward the intersection of Depot Street.
The North Franklin Storm Drain Project, which will be completed by contractor E.C. Pace Company, Inc., is expected to be complete in 8-12 weeks. During this time, N. Franklin Street will be closed to thru traffic. Only traffic to local businesses within the closure barricades will be allowed. Business access to the areas outside of the barricade but within N. Franklin Street between Main Street and Depot Street will be maintained. All other motorists must follow the detour around the closure.
During construction, the contractor will use blasting to break rock underground. During blasting events, N. Franklin will be closed between Main Street and Depot Street for approximately 10 minutes. This controlled procedure is closely monitored and will sound similar to thunder when the charges are set-off.
The project consists of realigning a portion of storm drain that currently flows under local businesses. The purpose of this project is to eliminate this impact and reduce the potential for flooding in the area.
Construction will cost about $600,000, of which the Town will pay about half. The remainder will be covered by the Virginia Department of Transportation under the Revenue Sharing Program.
This project is a separate project from the sewer work done on N. Franklin Street in the spring. This storm drain work is beginning immediately after the sewer work near the intersection of N. Franklin Street and Depot Street concluded.