Downtown Construction Begins

Streetscape Work Expected To Finish By End Of Year

Posted: July 15, 2014

Crews begin work Monday on the next phase of the Harrisonburg streetscape project at the corner of Main and Bruce streets. (Photo by Bryan Gilkerson / DN-R)

HARRISONBURG — Construction on phase two of the Harrisonburg streetscape project, a downtown beautification initiative, is under way.

Electrical contractor Design Electric of Charlottesville began work Monday on installing junction boxes at the southwest corner of Main and Bruce streets, work that will continue through Friday.

It is expected to have a minimal effect on Bruce Street pedestrians but should not affect those traveling along Main Street, according to the city.

Crews must remove a small section of concrete along the Bruce Street sidewalk to work on junction boxes, according to a city press release.

At a cost of $1.1 million, phase two of the streetscape project will upgrade the west side of South Main Street between Bruce Street and Court Square.

The first phase was completed in 2010 and brought improvements to the same stretch of South Main Street on the east side.

Phase two is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Work scheduled to begin soon includes conduit and duct bank installation, which will start later this month and continue into August.

The installation work will be done at night to “lessen the impact to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic,” the release says.

Beginning at the intersection of Main and Bruce streets and working toward Court Square, construction will be done in segments, with all improvements finishing in one location before moving on to the next.

More information about the project can be found at

www.harrisonburgva.gov.downtown-streetscape-next-steps .

Contact Bryan Gilkerson at 574-6267 or bgilkerson@dnronline.com



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