SHEFFIELD — Most of the work associated with improvements to a segment of Second Street that runs through downtown are nearly complete.
Contractor Joe Keenum, whose construction company submitted the low bid for the project, said the remaining work involves installing new mast arm traffic signal poles and new traffic signals. Keenum said there also is some touch-up work to do including roadway patching and traffic striping.
The bulk of the project, which began in March and was stalled through most of the summer, is done.
“When the light poles come in, we’ll put them up and we’re done,” said Keenum, owner of Joe Keenum Excavation and Construction. “Everything else is finished.”
The project runs from the point where the four-lane portion of Second Street transitions into First Street. The project will allow traffic to flow onto the two-lane section of Second Street and proceed into downtown.
Broken sidewalks were repaired and new sidewalk sections were added, Keenum said.
Keenum said the intersection of Second Street and Mongomery should be open today or Friday. The intersection was blocked to allow a concrete crosswalk to cure. “You have to wait seven days,” he said.
The project was delayed for several months because of tests performed on anchor bolts conducted by the Alabama Department of Transportation. The new traffic signal poles will be attached to the footings with the anchor bolts, Ellis said. He said the Transportation Department wanted to have the test results before incorporating the bolts into the footings.
Keith Strickland, an engineer with Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, said the poles are expected to arrive by the middle of December and should be installed by early January.
Keeum said the firm has also finished the resurfacing of Second Street from Woodward Avenue to Nitrate City and U.S. 43 from Tuscumbia to just north of Littleville.
Russ Corey can be reached at 256-740-5738 or russ.corey@TimesDaily.com.