THOMASVILLE TO BEGIN SPLOST STORMWATER IMPROVEMENTS ON MLK DRIVE

| September 20, 2014

Thomasville-Water-MainTHOMASVILLE -– City of Thomasville utility crews will begin work on existing utilities infrastructure at the intersection of Alexander Street and Martin Luther King Drive as part of a large stormwater improvement project. The project, awarded to Scruggs in the amount of $725,284.88, includes stormwater improvements to Both MLK and Mitchell Street and is expected to be completed within six months. The project is funded with 2006 SPLOST funds.

“The MLK phase of the project will take around 45 days to complete, due to the significant amount of infrastructure that will be impacted during this work,” said City Engineer Jerry Pionessa. “Because of this, we will have to close the section of MLK between West Calhoun Street and Alexander Street to all traffic.”

Detour routes have been established for both commercial and residential traffic.

“Because of the unique location of this construction work, there isn’t a main road nearby to divert traffic to. This means that we had to begin our detours a little farther away from the construction site than normal; especially for large, commercial vehicles, as they run into height clearance issues on the surrounding surface streets,” Pionessa said.

Phase two of this stormwater improvement project will involve replacing stormwater lines which run along Mitchell Street. This phase of this project won’t affect traffic; however, it will include the completion of almost 2,000 feet of the Multi-Use Trail.

“During this phase of the project, we will be improving the Mitchell Street area, which runs behind Thomasville High School’s athletic fields, between Remington Avenue and Jackson Street,” Pionessa said. “A major component of these improvements includes using 2012 SPLOST funds to construct approximately 1,927 additional feet of the Multi-Use Trail.”

“To date, 3,784 feet of the trail has been completed. This means that with the completion of the Mitchell Street section, we’ll be over the one mile mark,” he noted.

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