By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
Sunny skies have made it possible for the contractor working on West Seventh Avenue to get some work done on the street, and as a result the work between 20th and 28th streets is nearly done.
“The pavement is complete. They’re working on driveways and sidewalks and intersections right now,” explained Darwin Myers, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation. “We believe it will be done by early August, say, or the first week or so of August.”
As they wrap up the western part of the massive project, eyes are turning to the last part, the eastern section of the avenue.
A meeting with business and property owners along Seventh Avenue between 15th Street and Beaton is scheduled for 3 p.m. July 24 at the Corsicana Public Library, 100 N. 12th St.
“We’ll go through the sequence of the work what the schedule will be,” Myers said. “The contractor will be there, and he’ll explain his schedule. We’re going to get everybody informed before we move on.”
The meeting is open to the public.
The Seventh Avenue project is a massive drainage and paving project designed to correct or minimize drainage issues along the state highway as it goes through the heart of Corsicana. Texas Highway 31 is known as Seventh Avenue in Corsicana. Massive culverts have been installed underneath the street to catch storm water and pull it away from the streets and businesses along Corsicana’s busiest east-west route. Concrete paving is being installed along with sidewalks and driveways.
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.
“It’s all part of it,” Myers said. “It drains downtown. It’ll drain a major part of downtown in that direction.”
The project is a multi-year effort to fix the drainage problems along Highway 31 as it comes through Corsicana. 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.
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