End in sight for roadwork

Published 10:50 pm Friday, July 20, 2012

By Whitley Kilcrease

The end is in sight on the resurfacing project that’s been congesting traffic on South Brundidge Street since last week.

Mike Davis, water and sewer superintendent for the City of Troy, said that construction at the intersection at Madison Street, including the widening and sidewalk projects, has been completed along with the milling portion from U.S. Highway 231 to Elm Street.

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He also said a base layer of asphalt has been put down on some parts of South Brundidge Street and is ready for a permanent layer next week.

Davis shared that crews were hoping to start placing permanent asphalt along South Brundidge Street as early as the first of next week.

Road crews replaced old manhole rings and covers this week, along with improving the surrounding concrete. A layer of asphalt will be put down on the concrete at a later time.

Crews have also been working at side street intersections replacing traffic loops, which are wires in the ground that indicate when cars approach the intersection and signals for the traffic light to change to green.

Depending on the weather, Davis said crews  expected to be finished traffic loops by Friday evening with the permanent asphalt down in seven to 10 days.

Two weeks after placing permanent asphalt, the roadway will be ready for permanent striping, bringing an end to the roadwork portion of the South Brundidge Street project, which began last year.

“I think we are coming to the end of a really long project,” Davis said. “I think the City of Troy and its residents are going to be extremely proud when it’s finally completed.”

Upon completion of the road construction, crews will then begin replacing traffic lights along Second Avenue, Thompson Street, University Avenue and Madison Street as well as installing a new traffic signal at the entrance to CGI.

“We’ll be working on that a little at a time,” Davis said. “We don’t have some equipment in yet, so we don’t really have a time frame on that project.”

Davis does not expect the traffic signal repairs to cause traffic issues.