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Here’s an update on work on city streets

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Dustin Johnson, a pipe fitter for Miller Pipeline, breaks up soil while working on gas lines along William Street in downtown Fredericksburg on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (Peter Cihelka/The Free Lance-Star)

It’s no secret that workers have been tearing up Fredericksburg’s streets for the past several months.

The lane closure signs and flashing digital arrows have been hallmarks around the city since at least May.

Much of the work is related to a gas-line replacement project, but a pretty sizable paving project has also been underway since September.

Both of the projects should be finished soon, weather permitting.

The gas-line replacement work should be complete by the end of November, said Bob Innes, spokesman for Columbia Gas of Virginia, which is handling and paying for the project.

Work on the $2.3 million project started in May. When it’s finished, gas lines on sections of nine city streets will have been replaced.

“We’re modernizing it,” said Innes. “It’s been a hard project.”

Some of the old lines, which were cast iron, date back at least half a century, he said. Some could date back to the early 1900s.

Crews are currently wrapping up the line replacement on William, Caroline and Princess Anne streets, Innes said.

This week, crews were supposed to start paving Hanover Street. They’ll then pave William, Caroline and Princess Anne streets.

Some of the streets will be entirely repaved, others partially, Innes said.

“We know it’s been an inconvenience, Innes said. “But we’ll be done before the holidays.”

The citywide street paving project also is nearing completion.

Crews this week started work on Prince Edward Street, the last leg of seven Fredericksburg street projects. The work on that street includes curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement, as well as milling and resurfacing of the pavement.

The same reconstruction work has been done on Riverside Drive and work continues on a section of Littlepage Street.

The other streets have been milled and paved.

The $1.9-million project started in September.

The work should be wrapped up in about two weeks.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436

sshenk@freelancestar.com

STREET WORK

Here’s a list of the work done on seven city streets:

NEW PAVEMENT

Greenbrier Drive, from Armory Drive to Hazel Run

Germania Street, from Princess Anne Street to Fall Hill Avenue

Stafford Avenue, from William Street to Brent Street

Lafayette Boulevard, from the city limits to Twin Lake Drive

PAVING, CURB, GUTTER, SIDEWALK

Riverside Drive, from U.S. 1 to Fall Hill Avenue

Littlepage Street, from Brompton Street to Monroe Street

Prince Edward Street, from George Street to Canal Street.

GAS LINE PROJECTS

Natural gas lines have been upgraded on the following city streets:

Amelia Street, between Princess Anne and Caroline streets

Barton Street, between George and William streets

Caroline Street, between Ford and Amelia streets

Day Street, between Barton Street and the end of Day

George Street, between Hanover and Barton streets

Hanover Street, between Princess Anne and Jackson streets

Kenmore Avenue, between William and Hanover streets

Princess Anne Street, between Amelia and Hanover streets

William Street, between Caroline and Prince Edward streets and between Douglas Street and Kenmore Avenue

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