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The Seventh Avenue project is getting ready to start its next march towards the west. In the coming weeks the construction crews will be taking down the traffic barriers and putting them back up four blocks west of the current stopping point at 20th Street. The next phase will be 20th to 24th streets.
The business owners and managers along that four-block stretch are invited to a briefing at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in the Nancy Roberts Room of the Corsicana Public Library.
At the meeting, business owners and managers will be told what to expect, what will come first, and about how long it will take.
“Moving west of 20th Street is our goal,” said Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Darwin Myers. “Maybe in the next couple of weeks.”
Once again, the traffic will be reduced to two lanes, one in each direction, while crews dig underneath the state highway to build new drainage systems.
The first phase of the project actually took a little longer than expected, putting the project behind schedule.
The current slow-down is because of a couple of drainage inlets, one at the Sears store, and another at the northwest corner of 18th Street and Seventh Avenue, Myers said.
“In the meantime, we’re back filling and getting everything finished,” he said. “We’re working on those details and trying to get everything down, so hopefully in the next couple of weeks we’ll be able to move on.”
Seventh Avenue’s drainage improvement is a state-managed project expected to take about two years. It’s currently about two months behind schedule, Myers said.
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