After a brief reprieve that came with the late July completion of sidewalk replacement east of the courthouse in downtown Jonesborough, merchants in the historic district are once again doing business amid the roar of heavy equipment.
The good news is work on the brick crosswalks being put in place on Main Street and on every side street leading into downtown is expected to wrap up soon. The new asphalt that will pave the way for business to return to normal will begin going down on Sept. 24.
“This is the last step before we start paving,” Wally Sparks, director of Jonesborough’s Street Department said Friday afternoon as the work crews were clearing out of town to make way for Friday evening’s Music on Square.
Sparks’ best projection on a completion date for the crosswalks? “Another month, total.
“If nothing drastic happens, it will be done or close to done” before the storytelling festival.
Over the past two weeks, Jonesborough and Carter County Work Camp crews have put in four crosswalks between Fox and Cherokee streets and will start work this week on two more at the intersection of Main and Boone streets. When those are complete, Sparks said the crosswalk work will move west of Christopher Taylor Lane.
Paving is scheduled to begin two weeks from today at First Avenue and move east toward the courthouse “as far as we can have it all cleared out of the way,” Sparks said.
Town Operations Manager Craig Ford has projected construction from First to Second Avenue will wrap in December.
Temporary road closures and detours will continue and the town has posted an advisory on its website that “large trucks may experience difficulty traveling through downtown.”
Continuing updates on the project are available at www.jonesboroughtn.org.