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The Main Street gas line replacement project
Updated 3/16/18 -
One more block to go
The end of the gas line upgrade project is in sight!!!
Work on the 200 block is expected to wrap up this week-end. Monday morning, the 100 block will be closed at Church Street and the work zone will extend up through the Mason Street intersection.
Note a few critical points:
Excavation into North and South Mason for a limited distance is necessary to tie in to their supply lines. For at least one week, the Mason Street / Main Street intersection will be closed.
The implication: North and South Mason will dead-end at Main and, although open to traffic, the 200 block will be dead-end at Mason Street.
Traffic on S. Church Street will be directed to Cedar, with the first street detour to Main at Cocke's Lane or Underwood (VDOT does not sign detours onto private property or parking lot shortcuts). Traffic on N. Church will be directed to Thomas / Grace, with the first detour to Main at Institute.
And, most critical point: Mother Nature loves to challenge construction schedules.
Updated 3/3/18 -
200 block, take 2
Monday, March 5th... 200 block will be closed. The Main St / Institute St intersection should open by end of day.
Revised forecast to wrap up: April 15th.
Updated 2/23/18 -
300 block is wrapping up; time for the 200 block
The excavation in the 300 block will be repaved within a week. The intersection of Institute and Main will be closed for less than a week while the line is installed through the intersection. Excavation on the north side of the 200 block begins Monday with saw-cutting of the road surface.
Impact: The entire 200 block will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday. The intersection at the Post Office will also be closed but will re-open within a week for traffic to and from the 300 block. As a result, the 300 block will be continue to dead-end for a week at Bank of America but traffic will be able to exit via the BofA parking lot.
As always, let's hope for cooperation from Mother Nature.
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Updated 2/15/18 – Status check
Work on the 300 block has been challenged by weather and excavating around multiple electric and cable conduits that require minimum clearances for gas line installations. The work on the 300 block is currently forecast to wrap up in two weeks.
The next phase begins by crossing the Main Street / Institute Street intersection. The work will require the intersection to be closed for two weeks. As a result, Institute will “dead end” at Main and Main will be blocked at the Bank of America exit lane.
The pace on the 200 and 100 blocks will be helped significantly by the opportunity to install the gas lines on the south side of the street, likely between the waterline, marked in blue on the repaved area, and the sidewalk; fewer utility conduits will be encountered. There will still be many excavated areas, requiring closing the street to through traffic seven days a week.
The delays-to-date notwithstanding, Columbia Gas is fully committed to a March 31 project completion date.
Gas line project working its way down the 300 block
The work zone has been extended to Institute Street and the two driveways in and out of Bank of America have been blocked off. Please use the Cedar Street entrance to the BofA lot.
No surprise here, snow days have put the project behind schedule. With cooperation from Mother Nature, 300 block will wrap up in three more weeks.
Gas line project resumes Monday
The snow storm halted all work, but it resumes next Monday, January 15. Expect the same 300 block traffic restrictions, from Cocke's Lane to Institute Street.
Reminder: Bank of America's lower lot (from Cedar Street to the ATM) is available; please do not use customer spaces near the back door.
Project is about to begin
The project will be underway next Tuesday, January 2nd, in the 300 block beginning at Cockes Lane (next to the Visitors Center) and moving down to Institute Street. Equipment will be positioned and through traffic will be restricted.
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Notes from 12/7/17 briefing by Columbia Gas
Smithfield’s $755,000 gas line replacement project is part of a state-wide effort ($37 Million in 2017) to upgrade its infrastructure. Main Street lines date back to 1983; it’s time for an upgrade.
- The project is scheduled to take 10 weeks and starts the first week of January;
- it begins with the 300 block – Cocke’s Lane (next to Visitor Center) down to Institute Street);
- progresses down to 200 block (Institute to Mason) and then to the 100 block (Mason to Church);
- full closure to vehicular traffic will be required in the block where work is underway;
- the work crew will accommodate as best as possible package (e.g., UPS) deliveries;
- if safety allows, vehicles may be given access overnight and on week-ends.
Service lines to businesses and private residences:
- Most, if not all, lines from the street to the gas meters will be replaced;
- customers will be given advanced notice of the work for their service lines and the cutover;
- access to the interior of the building will be required to complete the cutover;
- sidewalks will be closed when the service lines are installed to a building.
At the conclusion of the project, Main Street will be resurfaced. Asphalt is NOT being considered and the current brick crosswalks WILL remain.
If you are NOT a Columbia Gas customer, NOW is the time to request service. Installation fees to install the service line are waived (when the connection is within 150 feet of the main line) and the need to excavate the newly resurfaced Main Street will be avoided. To discuss a new service installation, please call Columbia Gas at 800-440-6111.
Check for updates throughout the project here, on Facebook/smithfield2020 or sign up for e-bulletins via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information will be posted soon at www.ColumbiaGasVA/infrastructure (click on “Smithfield” in the left side navigation panel).
Fact sheet provided by Columbia Gas
A summary of the gas line replacement project has been provided by Columbia Gas.
Useful and commonly requested resources
Façade Improvement Matching Grant program
Smithfield 2020 will match up to $2,500 an investment made by a commercial property owner in the Historic District if the work significantly enhances the façade of the building or the landscaping in front of it. The details are available in the program guidelines.
Business Resource Centers
Launching a business may seem like a daunting task. 2020 partnered with our friends at the Chamber of Commerce to assemble information and links to available resources to get you started and help in navigating the regulatory steps to set up shop. Check out the Chamber's Getting Started in Business page and our 2020 Business Resource Center.
Measuring economic vitality in the Historic District
A report replacing the Visitor Trends uses a more direct measure of the economic vitality in the Historic District. Meals taxes, collected quarterly by the Town, have been aggregated for Historic District establishments and a ten year meals tax trend report has been compiled. (Sales taxes, a more accurate measure, are collected by the Commonwealth and reported only at the county or city level; isolating the data for a handful of Town businesses is not feasible.)
The Smithfield 2020 team
Smithfield 2020 is a project team dedicated to identifying, evaluating and promoting initiatives that contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of the Historic District of Smithfield, Virginia. Its members include representatives from Historic Smithfield, the Isle of Wight / Smithfield / Windsor Chamber of Commerce, Historic District business owners, the Isle of Wight Arts League, the Town of Smithfield, Isle of Wight County Economic Development and the Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism team.
Why is the project called "Smithfield 2020"? Two reasons. To imply clarity of vision - everyone involved has a shared commitment to where the initiatives are going. And to set expectations - while not all projects will take years to complete, reality dictates that many initiatives will be multi-year projects and some will be delivered in phases.
A list of completed 2020 projects is presented on the About Smithfield 2020 page.