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Arlington work delayed; traffic will access J.H. Rose via Hooker

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The Daily Reflector

Monday, August 12, 2019

Students, parents and buses can only access J.H. Rose High School via Hooker Road when school starts because of ongoing rehabilitation work on Arlington Boulevard, the city of Greenville announced.

A $4.5 million project to resurface Arlington from Hooker to Greenville Boulevard began in May with crews focusing first on the section in front of the high school, which sits between Hooker and Evans Street.

The city had reported earlier that crews would finish work on eastbound lanes in that section in July then begin work on westbound lanes. However, a release issued Friday said bad weather and utility conflicts have delayed the eastbound work.

“Work along the Hooker to Evans section has been delayed for reasons common to roadway projects such as inclement weather that has impacted the installation of utility infrastructure and delayed density and compaction tests,” Friday’s update said.

Paving of the eastbound stretch is expected to start this week as long as the weather is good, and work on the westbound lanes will begin approximately a week later, the release said. The westbound work will continue into October, the release said.

Once the westbound lanes are closed, motorists traveling in that direction to the Medical District are advised to utilize the 10th Street Connector or Greenville Boulevard to Memorial Drive as alternate routes. The westbound closure will mean that traffic from Evans Street may not access J.H. Rose High School, which opens for class on Aug. 26.

All traffic to Rose must come from Hooker Road, where traffic will turn onto eastbound Arlington and access the school parking lots from the entrances at the front of the school. Marvin Jarman Road will also be available for school use only with access available on Hooker Road.

Personnel from the Greenville police and public works will be present during the first week or more of the school year to help maximize traffic flow in the area, the news release said.

Additionally, city staff has been meeting with school personnel to inform them of the construction progress and discussing messaging for the start of the school year, the release said.

Crews will begin work on the section of Arlington between Greenville Boulevard and Evans once the Evans-to-Hooker piece is completed. The work will is among repairs and improvements voters approved to fund in 2015 bond referendum.

Detours and delays will affect roughly 40,000 cars a day, Director of Public Works Kevin Mulligan told the City Council in May. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2020.

The section is deteriorated, including poor subsurface conditions and drainage infrastructure. The nature of the section requires more extensive repairs than were required on other sections, the city reported.

Rehabilitation work will include removal of the existing asphalt and stone base, replacement of failing drainage infrastructure, and construction of new pavement structure.

The project was advertised for bids on March 17 and April 25. Two bids were received each time. The council voted unanimously to award the work to the Fred Smith Company of Raleigh in the amount of $4,487,484.

The project provides for complete roadway rehabilitation, drainage improvements, select curb and gutter and driveway replacements, Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA improvements and pavement markings.

It also includes construction of a 10-foot asphalt greenway on the north side of Arlington Boulevard between Hooker Road and Evans Street.

A total of $3,512,000 will be provided by the 2015 General Obligation Bond funds, $765,000 from the road resurfacing funds $663,000 from the Stormwater Utility Fund.

Contact Bobby Burns at baburns@reflector.com and 329.9572.

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