The City of Hickory will be installing a new sidewalk and curb and gutter, beginning Wednesday (May 27). This will be occurring along a portion of 9th Avenue, SE that lies between Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and 15th Street, SE, and, also, along 15th Street, SE from 9th Avenue, SE to Tate Blvd, SE. This street is known to locals as Punches Hill.
The project will include new storm drainage, some decorative retaining walls, new curb and gutter on the south side and new sidewalk for pedestrian traffic on a portion of the south side of 9th Avenue, NE, along with landscaping and new resurfacing, once the project is complete. This sidewalk and street improvement project will greatly improve pedestrian safety and enhance the feel of the street.
The project will take approximately 120 days to complete, depending on weather. This will necessitate the need for this section of roadway to be closed, except for local traffic only, during the construction period. Local residents will have access at all times with minor delays. The project work hours will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., until school lets out for summer break, to allow for free travel of school buses. Once school is out, the work hours will change to 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow for the evening commute traffic to flow freely. The street will be reopened at the close of each workday to allow for normal traffic flow.
The appropriate signage will be installed to allow for the public to take alternative routes to avoid this construction zone and to minimize delays. Please follow signage and flaggers when the work zone is active to insure the safety of the workers and the traveling public.
Please feel free to direct any questions pertaining to the project to Steve Miller, Assistant Public Services Director or Brian Tart, Street Division Supervisor at (828) 323-7500.