Construction on the Maple, Presbyterian and Alabama streets in downtown Carrollton is likely to be completed next month. City Manager Tim Grizzard said that weather has caused some delays on the project.
The cost of the street realignment is $623,000, while the Alabama Street sidewalk project has a cost of $300,000.
“During the planning phase for the project, we worked with the individual property owners directly adjacent to the proposed construction,” Grizzard said. “This included substantial work with the (Presbyterian) church and its governing body. It is also my understanding that there was a meeting among the merchants about the project that was hosted by one of the merchants who is a strong supporter of the project.”
The project was the result of the recommendation of three traffic consultants.
“This intersection was determined to be the most dysfunctional intersection within the city,” Grizzard said. “Safety is our greatest concern and that was the driving force behind the decision to make the modifications that are underway. This city performs a significant number of construction projects of varying types. We can say without hesitation that most of the time we achieve our advertised completion schedules. Those projects with schedules most difficult to control are those that involve paving and that is because paving is so weather-dependent.”
Grizzard said there are approximately two weeks of paving that remains to be done, and if the weather will cooperate, this project will quickly conclude. Generally, he said, this area of Georgia can install paving in November and December, but this past season has been cooler and wetter than the paving process would allow.
“Our goal was to complete this project before the Christmas season, and we are very glad that it does not appear to have discouraged people from visiting our downtown,” Grizzard said. “This Christmas season is as busy as we have ever seen the downtown area, and we hope to continue to promote its success by creating a safer atmosphere for the pedestrians that want to spend their time and money downtown. We hope that all merchants and businesses are benefiting from the many investments that the city has made to the area. We truly regret any negative impact that may result from the construction process.”