Two construction projects to begin in downtown Harrisonburg

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Toward the end of April, Harrisonburg Public Works will begin work on two construction projects in the downtown area.

Phase III of the Downtown Streetscape project will begin, which aims to improve both sides of North Main Street between Elizabeth Street to Wolfe Street with sidewalk reconstruction, addition of curb ramps, replacement of traffic signal poles, new pedestrian signal systems, new illuminated street signs, and new street lighting.

Public Works and Public Utilities will also be working on replacing the waterline along East Market Street from Main Street to Mason Street.

Public Works officials say in the past that water line has caused several issues, so they decided to replace it along with the sidewalks and road pavement.

There will be no road closures caused by the Downtown Streetscape project, only some road delays. But starting in May, for several weeks, that section of East Market Street will be closed off.

"With East Market, we actually have to shut down the road between Mason and Court Square," Aaron Rhoney, with Harrisonburg Public Works, said. "We really don't have a choice with that one. We're gonna be right in the middle of the road with a fairly deep trench, so it's just better overall if we close it."

Officials at public works said the East Market Street project should be completed by June and Phase III of the Downtown Streetscape should be finished by the end of November.

Phase II of the Downtown Streetscape project was completed in January of 2015, which included street improvements on Main Street, from Bruce Street to Court Square.