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Stockbridge to add streetscape enhancements

 

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  The City of Stockbridge is in the midst of an ambitious effort to reconstruct and improve the sidewalks, roadway, utilities, and visitor amenities of the city's Downtown corridor.

An artist’s rendering of the new streetscape enhancements that will be added to downtown Stockbridge.               Special image

  The $1.2 million project on North Berry Street – from Nolan Street to Love Street – will greatly improve the look, feel and accessibility of Downtown.

  “This will be a significant improvement for our Downtown,” Stockbridge Mayor Mark Alarcon said. “North Berry Street will have a brand new look, adding marketability to our businesses and buildings. The upgrades will clearly show Downtown is open for business.”

  City leaders, business owners and honored guests gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony April 2nd that included representatives from the engineering firm Keck & Wood, Inc., and the lead contractor, Georgia Develop-ment Partners. The project is expected to be completed in October 2013. Downtown businesses and offices will remain open during the project, and construction crews will attempt to maintain access at all times.

  The bulk of the project cost will be paid by federally-funded Transportation Enhancement (TE) program funds, with the remainder coming from the city. The total cost of the Stockbridge Downtown Streetscape Project is $1.2 million, with roughly $800,000 provided by federal grants.

  The project will add streetscape improvements along North Berry Street, beginning at Nolan Street and ending at Love Street; re-construct the five-feet wide concrete sidewalks with decorative brick pavers; re-construct the curb and gutter drainage; re-construct the parking with new composite utility poles; and add handicap ramps, signage, decorative lighting, benches, trash receptacles, trees and landscaping.

  The federally-funded TE program funds multi-use facilities such as walking and biking trails and paths; streetscaping and landscaping projects in cities and towns; historic preservation of transportation-related facilities like railroad depots; and scenic preservation of views and scenic byways. The local government project sponsor is responsible for implementing the TE project and obtaining federal reimbursement from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

 

 

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