Construction is underway on Fourth Avenue as a significant sidewalk improvement project has officially started.
The plan aims to make the corridor between Main Street and Grove Street more pedestrian friendly, provide a more walkable route linking the downtown and Seventh Avenue districts, and improve safety for those traveling through the intersection at Fourth and Grove, whether they are on foot or traveling by bicycle or motorized vehicle.
The project will involve sidewalk replacements, stormwater improvements, electrical work, new intersection signals, streetlamps, decorative brick crosswalks, and street resurfacing along Fourth Avenue.
New sidewalks will be installed on either side of Fourth Avenue with accompanying decorative streetlamp lighting. Most of the concrete and electrical work is expected to be completed by the first of the year. Street resurfacing and the installation of streetlamps is set to follow in the spring.
The project will also bring the addition of some on-street parking spaces along the eastbound side of the avenue. Additionally, an aesthetically pleasing and functional bioswale will be created to collect and filter stormwater.
A fully signalized traffic light at Fourth and Grove is also part of the street improvement project. Pedestrian specific signals and upgraded curb ramps will improve accessibility to pedestrians using the intersection. The signal installation will most likely take place in the summer of 2020.
Motorists and pedestrians can expect to see sidewalk closures, lane closures, and full street closures as varying stages of the project are completed.
Prepared by the City of Hendersonville.