July 24 - Underground conduit will be installed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week by CenturyLink on East Washington Street between North Randolph and North Main streets in Lexington.
The work will be done by Lambert Construction between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day. Parking will be prohibited on the south side of East Washington Street to accommodate two-way traffic.
A boring machine will be stationed at the intersection of Randolph Street and Washington streets. A second crew will be at the intersection of Main Street and Washington streets to monitor the boring progress.
The conduit will be used to house new fiber optic lines. Construction workers will provide traffic control throughout the entire project at each intersection.
The start of this work could be delayed by weather. If this occurs, the city will inform the public of the new schedule.
Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are advised to exercise care and caution in this construction area and use an alternate route if possible. This work is necessary for the Corps Physical Training Facility for the Virginia Military Institute.
City Manager Jon Ellestad noted this week that all of the underground work under way in the city, including the work being performed by Columbia Gas on Myers and White streets, is putting even greater pressure on the city to make major street repairs. However, Ellestad noted, it makes no sense to begin such repairs until these projects have been completed. In all likelihood, additional street maintenance funding above and beyond the Virginia Department of Transportation funding will be required to complete the projects, Ellestad said.