Planning to begin on more downtown Ashland construction

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Ashland Town Council gave the go-ahead to begin developing plans for a second phase of downtown streetscape improvements Tuesday night.

A worker supervises removal of a stretch of sidewalk in front of Ashland Coffee and Tea in downtown Ashland during the first phase of construction.

A worker supervises removal of a stretch of sidewalk in front of Ashland Coffee and Tea in downtown Ashland during the first phase of construction.

The approval followed a request from Ingrid Stenbjorn, town engineer, and allows the town to begin working with its on-call engineer, A. Morton Thomas & Associates, on the project targeting the block between Robinson and England streets.

The first phase of improvements concluded this summer and addressed the Railroad Avenue corridor west of the train tracks from the Henry Clay Inn south past the municipal parking lot.  Improvements included new sidewalks, drainage improvements and low-impact design stormwater management, as well as cosmetic improvements like landscaping and streetlights. The town also installed an improved, lighted crosswalk across Thompson Street, connecting the two blocks of Railroad Avenue.

Town council budgeted around $600,000 for the project.

“I imagine that since this is going to be similar to what’s on the west side of the tracks that this will certainly be more streamlined?” Councilman Steve Trivett asked.

Stenbjorn confirmed second-phase work would resemble the first phase, though on a smaller scale.

AMT has agreed to develop plans that include many of the same features, such as low-impact design, drainage improvements and new sidewalks, streetlights and crosswalks.

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