By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
With the western end of Seventh Avenue finally completed and opened for traffic Friday, the last phase of the project will begin early next week, according to Darwin Myers, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation.
The next section stretches from Beaton Street to 15th Street. Like the western sections, it will be reduced to two lanes, with work beginning on the Beaton end first, Myers said.
The intersection of 15th and Seventh will come later if not last because of the complexity of that step.
“It’s because of the amount of traffic that moves through there,” Myers said, “the volume of traffic and amount of work that has to be done in a short amount of time.”
The options include reconstructing the intersection in quadrants, halves or in one long weekend.
“We’re looking at different scenarios of how that’s going to be constructed,” he said. “It’s a pretty big challenge, and it’s not settled what we’re going to do yet.”
They have a little time to work that out since this last phase of the project isn’t expected to finish until March.
This is actually speedier than the other sections, Myers said.
“On the west side, each of those took about a year apiece,” he said.
A meeting between the contractors, TxDOT and local business owners on July 24 laid out the plan for the next phase.
“It was very positive, very supportive,” he said.
The Seventh Avenue project is a multi-year drainage and paving project designed to correct or minimize drainage issues along the state highway as it goes through the heart of Corsicana. In conjunction with the work, a side project will be to do some drainage and paving on Main Street, between Seventh Avenue south to Town Creek, just south of 13th Street.
When completed, the street will be concrete and curbed, sitting above huge culverts underneath that will be able to better handle the amounts of rain that rush towards the low spots not only from Seventh Avenue, but from all the side streets, as well.