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Memorial Dr. project is 40 percent complete
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Construction crews work on the Memorial Drive realignment project Tuesday. - photo by Photo by Alena Parker.
The public may not see much difference, but project manager Matthew Barrows of P.C. Simonton & Associates said more of the Memorial Drive realignment project will be taking shape within the next month.
So far, Barrows said, the bulk of the work has been below ground, such as updating and relocating utilities, but more visual progress will be evident soon.
"Now it should move pretty quickly," Barrows said. "We're just now five months into the project and ... we're at about 40 percent."
George Tichenor, a five-year Liberty County resident, regularly visits the public library near the project site. He thinks the realignment will look nice when it's finished.
"It seems to be going fairly slowly though," Tichenor said. "I'm sure it'll be beneficial when they finish it."
The project is set to be complete by July. "The contract time is actually 18 months, but we're shooting for 14 months," Barrows said. "We set some milestones in what we're trying to achieve and it appears we're going to meet those."
Tichenor attends First Baptist Church and also has had to deal with the project's road closures on East Washington Street where at least one entrance was blocked off.
Engineers and construction workers are hoping for the smoothest transition possible.
"Of course, no one wants to be inconvenienced — some more than others, but as a whole, we've been kind of upfront and are trying to coordinate far in advance," Barrows said. "I think by doing so ... I'm getting anywhere from a neutral to positive response."
Tichenor is looking forward to seeing the finished project and doubts the construction will keep people from using the library.
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