Sunset Drive road work

Sunset Drive road work

The Sunset Drive project shown on Sunday, April 7. Crews are working on the road Monday through Friday.

BLOWING ROCK — Work has begun on a $2.3 million Sunset Drive streetscape project that town officials hope will be completed by November.

“The project general extends from Valley Boulevard to Main Street, and includes replacement of existing water and sewer lines, minor drainage improvements, replacement of sidewalks and curb/gutter, removal and placing of selected street trees and new roadway asphalt,” a flier from the town of Blowing Rock to citizens on March 27 stated.

The final approval of the project came on Feb. 12, with Blowing Rock’s town council authorizing $272,229 in cost-saving actions identified by Doug Chapman of McGill Associates, who is working with the contractors on behalf of the town.

“The first step will be installation of new sewer lines in the westbound lane from the stream near First Baptist, west to Main Street,” the Blowing Rock flier states. “The next step will be water line installation along the north shoulder of the road from Valley Boulevard to Ransom Street, then along the eastbound lane to Main Street. Drainage work will follow water and sewer work, then curbing and sidewalks will be replaced/installed in sections along the route. Paving will then proceed followed by landscaping.”

During the project, one lane of a section of the street will be closed during active construction, anticipated from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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