Stanford street project may be finished soon

November 05, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - It's not coming up roses on Main Street but the Stanford streetscape project is closer to completion than it may look. Council members were optimistic Thursday that the project would be completed in time for the early-December Christmas Parade, a wish promised to be delivered by Don Davis, owner of Hil-Don construction company.

"If there's any way for it to be done, it will be done," Davis said.

The improvement project called for utility lines on Main Street to be buried as well as replacing antique water lines and the installment of faux-historic street lamps.

As it stands, the black poles for the new lights have been delivered and installed but the lights themselves are not yet attached. Most of the city sidewalks have been poured and are now complete as well.

All that remains of the extensive project is to attach the lights and repave the long gullies left from water line repairs that bisect the street. At worst, if a cold snap closes the asphalt plant before the streets can be patched, Davis said he would repair the holes with concrete. Next spring the state is tentatively scheduled to mill down the street and repave it anyway, said Davis, so the temporary patches would then be covered.


But, said Davis, "I don't foresee any problems having lights and asphalt," by the first week of December.

"I think you will be surprised at how well lit our downtown will be," Carter said.

The city also could see a Christmas bonus from the county to help mitigate the cost of the project. According to Carter, county Judge-Executive Buckwheat Gilbert was discussing the possibility of the county chipping in $10,000 in fiscal help.

After the optimistic progress report, council members praised Davis' hard work. The project's near completion is due in part to Davis' dedication and working at all hours.

"On Tuesday night, it was pouring down buckets, and they were out there working in the rain," Bobby Wilkinson said.

Carter also expressed his appreciation to local businesses for being patient during the work and said the city hopes to return the favor in the spring. Carter proposed the city look into pressure-washing building facades and canopies, to remove the dust and grime raised by the street work.

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