Strasburg continues work on King Street

Work began Wednesday on the third phase of Strasburg’s downtown streetscape project with town workers cutting down trees along King Street.

Councilwoman Kim Bishop, chair for the Streets and Sidewalks Committee, said the tree cutting will continue throughout the week, with stump removal coming next week and water lateral-line inspection coming in August.

“Basically, they started work chopping the trees today, and hopefully that will be finished by the end of the week,” Bishop said Wednesday.

Bishop said due to the trees’ proximity to power lines on King Street between Holiday Street and Massanutten Street, the traffic signal will be out of service until the weekend. It should be back in operation by Sunday.

More work on the project is still to come. Bishop said Aug. 15 is the tentative start date for the water lateral-line inspections and potential replacements.

Town Manager Ryan Spitzer clarified that lateral-lines refer to lines that divert water from the main line under King Street to individual residences and businesses.

Additionally, plans are in motion for the town to renovate its sidewalks on King Street. That work is slated to begin in the spring of 2017. The town will be accepting bids starting in the fall.

The tree removal, water line and sidewalk replacement mark the third phase of the town’s Downtown Utility and Streetscape Project. According to the town website, the project is part of an overall economic development effort to revitalize the town.

Looking forward, Bishop said she is taking steps to ensure residents are aware of what’s going on regarding sidewalk or roadwork in the future. She said she will be hosting monthly updates to the public for anyone looking for up-to-date information.

“That’s a big thing for businesses and citizens who want to know what’s going on,” she said.

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