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Hickory construction to end

Hickory construction to end

Hickory construction to end
February 12
00:02 2015

Julian Gill / Staff Writer

Construction on Hickory Street in the Downtown Square between Locust Street and Bell Avenue is on schedule to be completed Feb. 28, according to project general manager Bill Cheek.

The $2.4 million project, dubbed Hickory Grand Street Project, started on June 23 and includes repairs to the parking lots between Wells Fargo and Rusty Taco. It is part of a larger initiative to increase pedestrian traffic on the Square. Half of the street is already completed and open to traffic.

“Accessibility is going to be a big thing there,” economic development administrator Julie Glover said. “Of course its going to be nicer looking.”

The street will be re-paved and narrowed to make way for wider sidewalks where trees, bike racks and benches will be installed. Additionally, crosswalks will be more defined once the work is complete.

The adjacent Wells Fargo and Williams Square parking lots have already undergone improvements, with 87 spaces added back in July.

The project will include some less noticeable changes upon completion.

Aging wastewater lines have been upgraded and new drainage pipes added, increasing the water and sewage capacity under the street. New electrical lines have also been added for any future development in the area.

Despite the improvements, the lane closures on Hickory Street that started in July have negatively affected surrounding local businesses.

“It’s hurt us big time,” Mellow Mushroom manager Kevin Moore said.  “We’re down at least 30 percent in sales.”

Directly across the street, Rusty Taco manager Eric Stolpe also said business is down.

“Monday through Thursday it’s slow, slow, slow,” Stolpe said.

Right now, workers are digging up what is left of the old street and preparing to re-pave the side near the Wells Fargo parking lot. Some people have noticed the substantial progress.

“They’re almost done,” Hoochies owner Erik Stensen said. “It’s going to be awesome. We’re excited.”

Featured Image: City crews continue to work on Hickory Street. Photo by Adriana Salazar – Staff Photographer

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