WEST JEFFERSON-No, the dusty dirt road that now hugs storefronts along the Back Street is not part of some throwback celebration to celebrate West Jefferson’s centennial.
Although the burnt earth tone street might remind townspeople of days gone-by and horse drawn carriages of 1915, a fresh coat of pavement and room for storm drainage will return to the stretch of road that runs next to the Farmer’s Market by late next week.
Busted portions of cracked pavement necessitated the need to remove the old asphalt, said Town Manager Brantley Price.
After milling is complete, gravel will cover the bare earth before two inches of steamy asphalt is applied to the road.
To accommodate adequate space for water runoff, Shatley Construction company will leave an additional five or six inches for drainage and extra room for the curb, said Price.
Altogether, the project will costs the town $98,000.
If the weather approves of the town’s progress, the stretch of BackStreet that runs from Main St. to the edge of town toward the ascent of Radio Hill will re-open by late next week. The portion of roadway, however, could be open as soon as Saturday’s Farmer’s Market showcase.
Tightly packed asphalt isn’t the only improvements coming to the town of West Jefferson.
Town aldermen are preparing to put bids out for the replacement of a water line near Graybeal Avenue. The town hopes to bid the project out during its September meeting.
Then in January, the town hopes to begin extending water and sewer lines to the O’Reily building and three homes along Vannoy Road. Altogether, those projects will cost $850,000 with the town picking up $171,000 and $380,000 coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.