Two infrastructure improvement projects to begin in March

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 17:30

The City’s Public Services Department will begin two significant infrastructure improvement projects next month.

Wentworth Drive Sidewalk Improvement Project

The Wentworth Drive Sidewalk Improvement Project will begin on Monday, March 2 (weather permitting). Flyers announcing the start of the project were hand delivered this week. The project will install new sidewalks along the entire street and replace underground utility infrastructure (water, sewer and stormwater) between Cedarmeade and Valley. The City designated this location as a high priority area in need of sidewalks following discussions with Winchester Public Schools several years ago. This area needs sidewalks to provide children a safe way to walk to and from Frederick Douglass Elementary School. To address this issue, the City was awarded $450,000 in federal funds for the project as part of the “Safe Routes to School” program.

In 2017, the City sought public comments on six possible improvement options and presented the results to City Council. Based on the feedback, Council selected the option that will provide the following:

  • Four-foot wide sidewalk on both sides of the street
  • Raised crosswalks on Wentworth at the intersections of Beechcroft and Applecroft
  • All-way stop remains at the intersection of Russelcroft
  • Replacement of the existing water and sewer mains which are old and in poor condition
  • Curb and gutter on both sides of the street
  • Underground storm water drainage improvements
  • Repaving with striping

The total project bid was $2.58M and was budgeted for in the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan. Most of the cost for the pedestrian improvements will be paid for with the Safe Routes to School Program federal grant the City received ($450,000). Streets will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project and closed to parking in the immediate work area. Detour signs will be posted. The expected completion date is in March 2021 (weather permitting).

Central Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project

Work is expected to begin on the Central Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project in on N. Loudoun Street the first week in March. During this project, the City will be replacing all underground utility infrastructure and repaving the below downtown streets.

  • North Loudoun between Fairfax and Wyck
  • South Loudoun between Cork and Gerrard
  • Washington between Boscawen and Piccadilly
  • Amherst between Braddock and Boscawen
  • Stewart between Boscawen and Amherst
  • Morgan
  • Piccadilly between Morgan and Washington
  • Joist Hite Neighborhood (Joist Hite, Stonewall, Academy, Shirley, Latane and Lee)
  • West Cork between Stewart and Academy

While work is occurring, these streets will be closed to through traffic, but residents will have access to their homes.

Total project bid was $13.9M and the estimated completion date is in February 2022 (weather permitting).