10/27/2017 1:34:00 PM Streetscape
Covington City Council held a brief called meeting Wednesday evening to pave the way for applying for Virginia Department of Transportation grant funds to complete further phases of the ongoing Maple Avenue streetscape project.
Phase I of the project is currently underway, as crews have replaced the sidewalks in the 100 block of North Maple Avenue.
New trees are being planted along the block this week.
According to Covington Recreation and Public Works Director Allen Dressler, paving should be completed within the next two weeks, with new lampposts due to arrive and be installed within the next three weeks.
Mayor Tom Sibold, Councilman Allan Tucker, City Manager Richard Douglas, Finance Director B.B. Bryant and Dressler recently met with representatives of VDOT to discuss the future streetscape phases and reported they are encouraged that Covington will be able to receive some sort of grant funding.
Wednesday, prior to that evening’s called meeting, city representatives met with Dixon Whitworth, Staunton District representative on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, to show him progress on Maple Avenue, discuss future Maple Avenue projects, and show him other areas of concern around the city — including sidewalk and bridge work on Thacker Avenue, work needed in the Jackson Street area, the upcoming Jackson Street bluff project, as well as bridges that are in need of repair, especially the Rayon Bridge and a proposed foot bridge linking the Jackson River Sport Complex to the River Bend Shopping Center.
Whitworth was in Hot Springs attending the Governor’s Transportation Conference Town Hall at The Omni Homestead Resort.