North State Street project behind schedule; Hemphill adds more manpowerBy ANTHONY WARREN,
The North State Street Reconstruction Project is moving along, although contractors are slightly behind schedule.
The second phase of the $19.6 million project got underway in January.
That work includes rebuilding the southbound lane from Northside Drive to Sheppard Road.
In all, the project calls for reducing the street from four to two lanes from Hartfield to Choctaw Road, and to two lanes and a turn lane from Choctaw to Sheppard.
A 10-foot-wide multi-use path will be added along the southbound lane from Hartfield to Northside, and along the northbound lane from Northside to Sheppard.
It also calls for replacing all of the water and sewer lines underneath the roadway to ensure the street won’t have to be dug up later to make repairs.
According to city documents, “reconstruction is progressing on the southbound lane and storm drain, while traffic is using the new northbound and center turn lanes.”
Storm drain work was expected to wrap up February 8, while work on the water and sewer lines there had been completed.
According to Hemphill Construction, they have “completed 33 percent of the project while 48 percent of the (contract) time has elapsed.”
To make up for lost time, Hemphill has brought on additional manpower.
The entire project is expected to wrap up in summer of 2020.
Construction is being funded with a combination of federal and local monies, including a portion of a $19.5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant.