Traf­fic flow shifts to Lib­erty Street

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By KRISTIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­pub.com

CENTREVILLE — Work crews fi­nally painted lane mark­ers and stop­ping points along Lib­erty Street Wed­nes­day, Oct. 24, fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive work to re­place sewage and wa­ter lines as well as drain­ing sites that lasted months.

The mul­ti­phase project by the Centreville Pub­lic Works De­part­ment now moves onto the next big phase that will cre­ate tem­po­rary traf­fic flow changes in the town’s his­toric square.

“The traf­fic is chang­ing at 9 p.m. and Com­merce Street will be closed to through traf­fic,” said Kip Matthews, Pub­lic Works di­rec­tor, on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 24. “Res­i­dents and peo­ple who have busi­ness there will still be able to ac­cess their prop­erty and lo­cal busi­nesses. The traf­fic on Lib­erty Street will be­come two-way and Com­merce Street will only head north­bound. We’ve fin­ished wa­ter and sewer util­i­ties on Lib­erty Street, and that is phase one and two of the over­all project.”

For phases three and four, Com­merce Street will have sewer and wa­ter lines in­stalled and Lib­erty Street will take on the two-way traf­fic through town.

Matthews said Pub­lic Works will be start­ing on South Com­merce Street for phase three next week.

Phase three in­cludes South Com­merce Street from the split north to Lawyer’s Row. Com­merce will be closed for an es­ti­mated eight to nine months while the town work is be­ing com­pleted.

“Even with the work we’re do­ing, the state high­way will move for­ward with re­plac­ing bridges at the north and south split. The state is ac­tu­ally start­ing work on the bridge over Gravel Run on the north end in front of the po­lice sta­tion next month,” Matthews said.

PHOTO BY KRISTIAN JAIME

Crews touch up lane mark­ers and stop­ping points at four-way traf­fic stops along Lib­erty Street as they pre­pared for the traf­fic shift Wed­nes­day, Oct. 24.

Work crews look over maps de­tail­ing the lo­ca­tions of work on Lib­erty Street.

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