VDOT Gives Stanardsville 'OK' for Streetscape Enhancement Project
Downtown Stanardsville is about to see some major changes. After four years of planning, the town finally received the "OK" for its Streetscape Enhancement Project.
This will be the first phase of an ongoing project and in just a few weeks construction will be underway. New street lighting, benches and crosswalks will be installed. There will also be new trees planted and landscaping done.
The project is funded by almost $700,000 in federal grants.
After the Virginia Department of Transportation matched town funds and contributions from the county, the economic development authority and individual donors - the project has a budget of $840,000.
"The whole idea is safety so we have safe sidewalks where we are trying to improve pedestrian traffic and we're sure this will bring more business into the town," said Gary Lowe, Stanardsville mayor.
Lowe says the first phase of the project should be finished come fall. He says he's happy the additions will make the downtown area look great but he's happier about them being safe.
The project will begin after a pre-construction meeting in early July. Linco Inc. of Waynesboro is the general contractor for the project.
Stanardsville Area Revitalization Program Press Release
The Town of Stanardsville has received final government approval for construction of new sidewalks, crosswalks and other improvements along Main Street that will be built over the next few months. The downtown Streetscape Enhancement Project got its final okay on June 19th when it received VDOT approval for award of the construction contract to Linco, Inc. of Waynesboro as general contractor for the project.
A pre-construction meeting with Linco, Inc. and other principals will be held in early July to spell out a timetable and finalize other details before construction gets underway. The project includes new crosswalks on Rte. 33 west of Town between the schools and shopping center that will be built first this summer while school is out of session.
Roy Dye, executive director of Stanardsville Area Revitalization (*STAR*), manager of the project, said, "We've cleared the final hurdle in the long VDOT process for any federally-funded streetscape enhancement project. Now, if this time-table holds, sometime in August Linco will begin breaking-up and removing the old sidewalks on three blocks of Main Street between Celt Road and Rectory Lane."
Dye said installation of the new five-foot wide sidewalks, bump-outs on some corners, red-brick patterned crosswalks, colonial-style lampposts, benches, planting of trees and other landscaping will take several months to complete and "will positively 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 and has helped guide their development over the past few years. This face-lift to Main Street will make downtown safer and easier to walk in, and will help attract new businesses and more visitors to the Town."
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 $840,000. 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.
Final design plans for the Stanardsville Streetscape Enhancement Project can be found on the *STAR* website: www.stargreene.org.
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