Sanders Street work is progressing

Published on July 12, 2013 with No Comments

Soon Milton residents will be enjoying a new and improved Sanders Street in Milton.

Work on a realignment of Sanders Street, which is the only connection of Stewart St. and Dogwood Dr. between Park Ave. and Magnolia St. will soon be completed.

The realignment of the project is part of a $2.5-million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

When the project is completed Sanders Street will be just one single intersection at Byrom Street compared to the two confusing intersections at the start of the project.

Before the project started many local residents were very familiar with the relative disconnect between the two portions of Sanders Street.

Until that artery is completed there will be a slightly larger disconnect as portions of Byrom Street are currently closed, thus limiting access to the Milton Community Center and to W.H. Rhodes Elementary School depending on which direction you are heading.

Alternative routes are available by utilizing Hinote St., which is north of Sanders Street and Raymond Hobbs St., which is to the South of Sanders St.

With the Sanders Street Road project the only way to get to the community center from Dogwood Dr. is to travel to Magnolia St. and head east on Magnolia until you reach Byrom St. and head south.

When the project is completed not only will it realign the two sections of Sanders St., but it will also facilitate the loading zone for student pick-up at Rhodes Elementary School. The city worked with the School Board to ensure faculty parking at Rhodes would not be affected.

This project follows other recent improvements within the City of Milton to include Elva St., Park Ave., and the current work on Canal St.

Besides improving traffic flow in the area the Sanders Street upgrade will also address a stormwater problem in the area. New underground structures will feature piping and treatment facilities that will significantly filter debris and sediment from stormwater runoff before it reaches the area’s sensitive waterways like Locklin Lake and the Blackwater River.

Another feature that will affect safety and convenience for those using the city’s Community Center and students and faculty at Rhodes Elementary School will be the construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters to catch, channel and control stormwater runoff.

Construction was anticipated to last for approximately one year, but it has been divided into various phases to minimize the projects effects on residents of the neighborhood as well as the students and faculty of W.H. Rhodes Elementary.

The ongoing project also coincides with the expansion and resurfacing of the Dr. O.K. Matthews Tennis Facility along the north side of Sanders Street.

City officials feel all of these changes will give the neighborhood a very positive look and feel.

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