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Streets to close during repairs

August 19, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town officials are bracing for a particularly tricky part of the city's downtown revitalization project.

Beginning Sept. 2 and running for about seven to 10 days, construction crews will have to close the main intersection in the city - George and Washington streets - so they can install a specially designed crosswalk in the area, Charles Town City Council member Randy Breeden said Monday night.

Special attention is being paid to the intersection because it represents the four corners of town that city founder Charles Washington - brother of the first U.S. president - set aside for public use.

At the intersection, a crosswalk is being installed, Breeden said.

A crosswalk design will be stamped into the pavement to resemble a brick walkway, Breeden said.

To prepare the surface, workers will cut down 18 inches into the current road surface, Breeden said.

While the intersection is closed, traffic will be rerouted using side streets. Some parking will be restricted on the side streets so tractor-trailers can pass easily through the areas, Breeden said.

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The $7.1 million revitalization project includes replacing crumbling sidewalks downtown and installing new streetlights, parking meters and trees.

The work also involves replacing central water lines to correct a problem of low water pressure, city officials say.

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