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September 18, 2018

Construction of ‘bumpouts’ continues on Main Street

The “bumpouts” — or curb extensions — will improve pedestrian visibility and safety at Main and Fifth streets, according to town officials.
Warrenton this week will continue its installation of “bump-outs,” also known as curb extensions, at the four corners of Fifth and Main streets.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 19, a portion of Main Street — the block from Fifth to Sixth streets — will close at 7 a.m. and remain closed until 5 p.m. each weekday.

A contractor last week finished construction of the bumpouts between the blocks of Fourth and Fifth streets.

It should take about five weekdays to complete the second phase.

The improvements will make pedestrians more visible to drivers and improve the intersection’s safety, Town Manager Brannon Godfrey said last year.

The town council in October 2017 voted, 7-0, to accept a $45,000 PATH Foundation grant that will fund the project.

The project will cost an additional $15,000 to $20,000 that the town’s maintenance and sidewalk funds will cover, according to town Public Works and Utilities Director Edward “Bo” Tucker.

The Fifth Street “bump-outs” will serve as a pilot for potential future projects on other town streets.

— By Cassandra Brown
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