Main Street Update: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

 
Public parking is available on Brickbat Rd. and off Main Street behind the Mathews County
Visitor and Information Center.
 
 
New Items
The past week saw many small items attended to – lawn drains, trench drains, brick installation, topsoil installation, and road restriping. Parking has reopened in front of the Bay School Arts Center and Roane’s Antiques. They’ve laid out saw-cutting for the new pipe to be installed on the east side of Main Street.
 
Next Monday, Howard Brothers will finish resolving a roof drain issue at Richardson’s, and then begin storm drain installation for the east side of Main Street. They will resume at the pipe crossing the street in front of Storybound Construction, and work their way up the street to MCVIC. Along the way, a new vacuum sewer pod will be installed in the sidewalk in front of the library. This will reopen restrooms in the library that have been closed since May due to a sewer conflict near the columns at Farmers & Fishermans. 
 
Sidewalk and curb installation will begin at the north end in the Food Lion parking lot, and run south towards Bay School once the storm drain installation is done. 
 
This point in the project is a great stopping point for Market Days. It’s unfortunate the project ran longer than predicted and wasn’t done for Market Days, but a lot of credit is owed to Howard Brothers for hurrying through the past few weeks and getting us this far. They’ve been extremely cooperative in preparing for the Market Days event. 
 
Recurring items
The asphalt recently laid along the curb is not the final layer.  Along much of the curb & gutter, there is a small 1-2” lip at the moment. At the end of the project, there will be a final milling and repaving to ensure a seamless transition from gutter to asphalt and to ensure proper road grade. Take care in the coming weeks to watch the small lip at the base of the gutter!
 
The latest schedule from Howard Brothers shows that the project will be substantially complete by September 27, with final inspections and demobilization occurring October 15. The project engineer and I were encouraged by this date, given the obstacles this project has encountered. 
 
Some electrical installation will likely begin in September in front of the library so we can put in a request to Dominion to hook up power for streetlights. The manufacturer will make a visit and provide instruction to County staff on operation of the lighting system. I will request that perhaps one or two tech-savvy members from the Main Street Committee attend this demonstration so we have widespread understanding on the operation of the system. The electrician described how Hampton got a brand-new street lighting system and doesn’t know how to operate it because the one person trained to use it retired shortly after installation. We will make sure we have several trained individuals in addition to a set of written instructions.