Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

December 10, 2013

Seventh Avenue project makes strides

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The sign at London Square states that all they want for Christmas is Seventh Avenue. Well, it might not be done by then, but the next stage might start by then.

The last center section of the project was completed last week, just in time for the first big freeze of the year, and now there’s only an intersection at Main Street to finish before they can shift traffic over and start the next phase, according to Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Darwin Myers.

“The center’s been done. The only remaining section is right there at Main Street,” he said. “As soon as it warms up enough we plan to get back in there and pour that.”

Because concrete has a defined range of temperatures, the weather is a factor in pouring the materials.

“Cold weather pretty much shuts down everything,” Myers said.

Last week, workers spread heavy plastic tarp over the new concrete to insulate it from the freeze.

Another project going on at the same time is work on burrowing under the Union Pacific railroad tracks on South Main Street to put in a box culvert, a key part of the larger drainage project.

The Seventh Avenue project is a drainage project at its heart, an effort to address the near flooding along Highway 31 as it cuts through the heart of Corsicana. It has involved installing enormous culverts under the street, as well as moving utilities and creating a new surface.

It’s being done in sections, and as soon as the center section is done between 15th Street and Beaton Street, then they’ll shift all the traffic over one lane and start on the next lane, repeating the process until it’s completed.

“Hopefully, before Christmas,” Myers said. “I would hope it would be before Christmas, but if not then in early January to make the traffic switch.”

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