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Staples Street Improvement Project expected to be finished by mid-March

Posted at 3:14 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 18:54:43-05

The Staples Street Improvement Project near Ray High School will take another two to three weeks to complete.

Construction began almost two years ago on the $3.4 million Bond 2012 project. Road work on South Staples Street has progressed from Brawner Parkway to Kostoryz Road. The city expected the work to be finished by the end of February, however crews recently found a water main line in need of repair. It has since been repaired.

Cones and barriers remain up between Texan Trail and Kostoryz Road. Concrete will be poured next week, followed by another week of cleanup. The city also said it is waiting on AEP to complete utility pole repairs.

The work included reconstruction and replacement of the existing five‐lane road, adding wide sidewalks, curb and gutters, ADA curb ramps, lane striping, pavement markings and bus-stop rehabilitation.

City officials said the project still is ahead of schedule. Contractors have until the end of March to complete the job.

More road work is planned along the busy street from Kostoryz Road to Baldwin Boulevard. That's part of Bond 2018, and is estimated to cost $6.65 million. City officials said details still are being squared away, and therefore a start date still is unknown.