Crews began working on drainage along Mathews Main Street last week as part of a revitalization effort that will result in new sidewalks and an upgraded streetscape in downtown Mathews. Completion of the project is slated for the end of August. Here, workers with Howard Brothers Contractor Inc. of New Kent excavate a portion of Main Street to prepare for installation of new storm drains. Photo by Howard Brothers Contractor Inc.
The drainage ditch between Vintage Gallery and Kingston Parish in downtown Mathews is being cleared and reinforced with riprap as part of the upgrades to drainage that are being made along Mathews Main Street. Here, Mathews County Planning and Zoning Director Thomas Jenkins stands near the area where the riprap will end. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
A worker with Howard Brothers Contractor Inc. of New Kent takes a jackhammer to Main Street at the beginning of excavation for drainage upgrades on Mathews Main Street. Photo by Howard Brothers Contractor Inc.
Heavy equipment has been showing up in downtown Mathews in support of the Main Street revitalization project. Here, riprap is placed in the drainage ditch between Kingston Parish and Vintage Gallery (formerly Christie Chevrolet). Howard Brothers Contractor Inc. of New Kent is doing the work. Photo by Howard Brothers Contractor Inc.
The Mathews Main Street revitalization project has begun, but the work schedule is different than previously reported. Construction is still expected to be completed before Market Days in September, but parts of the project will be handled in a different order.
During a Feb. 17 meeting of the Mathews Main Street Committee, landscape architect Ricky Wiatt of VHB, the project’s planning and design firm, said that the work would begin at the intersection of Main and Church streets, with the block between that intersection and Put-In-Creek Carvings to be completed first. The block between Church Street and Brickbat Road was to be next, followed by completion of work on the opposite side of Main Street.
However, the contractor, Howard Brothers Contractor Inc. of New Kent, has submitted a schedule that shows the storm drain that runs along Main Street between Brickbat Road and Kingston Parish being completed first. This section was originally not part of the contract, but has been included because the bid for the first two blocks came in under budget.
Closure of the intersections of Main Street with Church Street and Brickbat Road will therefore occur later than originally anticipated. The Brickbat intersection is slated for closure from April 24 to May 1, while the Church Street intersection closure is scheduled from May 12 to 19.
Mathews County Planning and Zoning Director Thomas Jenkins said that the dates are not set in stone and could vary a bit. He said he was glad to see that each intersection would only be closed for a week.
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