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Workers to finish streetscape section by MayFest

Ty Edwards , a hard scaper for C & S Landscaping of VA, Inc. of Toms Brook, installs this brick inset outside the Strasburg Theater on King Street on Monday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

By Alex Bridges

Construction crews should finish much of the latest phase of Strasburg's streetscape project in time for MayFest, town officials say.

Lantz Construction made up for time lost during the winter months though recent rains delayed their work by a few days. Now they're hurrying to finish pouring new sidewalks and to install brick pavers laid out in different parts of the streetscape. Crews worked on the streetscape over the weekend.

Town Manager Judson Rex said Monday that Lantz received approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the town to let construction crews work on weekends leading up to MayFest.

The plan is for workers to wrap up phase 1 of the streetscape project on King Street between Holliday and Fort streets before MayFest, Rex said. Crews should finish all surface improvements in the first phase by the beginning of the festival. Workers will open all sidewalks and crosswalks to pedestrians. All construction barrels and cones will be removed in time for the events.

The contract with Lantz calls for workers to maintain access to all businesses along the project route as much as possible.

Business owners along West King Street affected by the construction work adjusted as crews made progress. Suzanne Adams, owner of Your One Stop Shop, 127 W. King St., spoke favorably about the work underway in front of her business.

"It's picked up," Adams said. "The bad weather didn't help matters for them. But believe me they work hard."

Sager Real Estate, at Holliday and King, directed customers to a side door around the corner from the front of the business. Co-owner Dora Buck said the construction hasn't disrupted its business or kept customers from walking in.

"We're just actually glad they're progressing with the project," Buck said.

The scope and timeframe of the project come up as prospective buyers look at properties Sager has for sale along King Street, Buck said. Given that the project's completion lies far off, Buck said it takes some imagination on the part of the investor to see what the streetscape should look like in the future.

"They really want to know what is going on and how long the project is going to take and how far is it going to continue [on King Street]," Buck said. "Obviously that's the biggest question because they want to know if it's going to go past the business that they're going to be investing in."

Not all the work may be complete by the weekend festivities, Rex said. Crews may still need to plant some trees or install landscaping along the first section.

Immediately following MayFest, crews will pick up where they left off and will start working on the second phase of the project that calls for similar improvements along West King Street between Fort Street and Capon Street. Lantz should complete the first two phases of the project by the end of the summer, Rex has said. The timing of the construction of phases 3 and up depends on the town receiving additional funding from VDOT.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com

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