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Stanardsville Streetscape Project Gets Final Approval

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Stanardsville's Streetscape Enhancement Project is moving forward. Construction is set to begin this summer. New sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting and more are on the way for Main Street.

The improvement project received its final OK Thursday to start the construction bidding process. Bids will be accepted for three weeks, and one will be chosen early this summer.

The project is funded by more than $600,000 in federal grants and matching funds from the town, county and other donors.

Stanardsville Area Revitalization Program
Press Release

Major improvements to Main Street in Stanardsville are expected to get underway this summer. The downtown Streetscape Enhancement Project got its final OK on April 25 when it received federal authorization to advertise for construction. That's the final step in the process to install new sidewalks, crosswalks, colonial-style streetlights, landscaping and other improvements along Main Street in the town and crosswalks between the schools and shopping center.

The advertisement for construction firms to bid on the project will run for three weeks. The low bidder will be selected early this summer and the construction contract will be approved by VDOT before work can begin.

Roy Dye, executive director of Stanardsville Area Revitalization (*STAR*), said, "Based on that time-table, construction of crosswalks at the school complex should begin sometime in July, while school is out. Then the contractor will move up the road to begin work on the three blocks of Main Street from Celt Road to Rectory Lane." Dye said the planned improvements will take several months to complete and "will transform the downtown streetscape."

The Town Council of Stanardsville has been directly involved in development of the project. As Mayor Gary Lowe commented, "The Town Council strongly supports these streetscape improvements. This face-lift to Main Street will make downtown safer and easier to walk in, and will help attract new businesses and more visitors."

The streetscape project is being funded by $674,000 in federal grants awarded by VDOT, and matching funds raised through contributions from the Town, County, EDA, and individual donors, for a total project budget of more than $800,000. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission is the official Project Sponsor and *STAR* is the Project Manager. Draper Aden Associates is the design & engineering firm for the project.

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