SHA: Millington streetscape project is fully funded now
MILLINGTON — The scope of a newly named “urban reconstruction” project along state Route 291 through town has changed, according to a presentation by the State Highway Administration to the Millington Planning Commission.
The project, about 0.65 miles long from west of School Street to east of Crane Street, will improve drainage, improve pedestrian connectivity and bring sidewalks in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, project manager Benjamin Storm said at the Oct. 25 meeting.
He said about 80 percent of sidewalks in the project area currently are not ADA compliant.
Also planned: reconstruction of curbing and gutters; installation of storm drains at the intersection of state routes 291 and 313; resurfacing of the roadway at the four corners; and landscaping improvements.
An enlarged map showing the areas of disturbance was thumbtacked on a wall to facilitate Storm’s presentation.
There have been a couple of changes in the two-plus years since the SHA held its last public meeting in Millington. In July 2016 the project was called street beautification, shortened to streetscape.
Storm said the parking area along Route 291 eastbound will be retained; it was slated to be removed, according to the specs of the previous proposal.
Another change is that the stormwater management ponds will be removed.
Storm reported that the project is fully funded; that means design, right-of-way acquisition and construction.
The timeline is to advertise for bids this week with construction to begin next spring. During construction, there will be one-lane closure with flagmen.
Millington Councilman Kevin Hemstock asked about the cost.
Storm said the range is $1 million to $2.5 million, but he would not be more specific because SHA is in the procurement phase of the project.
Also from the audience, Maryland Massey asked about the fate of the large, century-old Sycamore trees on Cypress Street.
They likely will be taken down because “we’re looking at raising the sidewalks,” said design engineer Moreshwar Kulkarni. “From a safety standpoint, they shouldn’t be there. They’re too close to the road.”
He said trees would be planted to replace what are taken down.
This was the monthly meeting of the town’s planning commission, but the Cypress Street project was the only item on the agenda. Chairman Joyce Morales and commission members Sam Johnston and Moe Morton attended.
The meeting was held in the firehouse to accommodate a larger audience. It started at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 7:26 p.m.
A total of three SHA engineers attended. They stayed around after the meeting ended to answer residents’ questions.
Millington residents Maryland Massey, center, and Jason Fellows, right, talk with State Highway Administration engineer MarieFrance Guiteau about the state Route 291 project. In the background, reviewing a map of the area, is Millington Councilman Wayne Starkey.