(February 28, 2014) On Monday, March 3, northbound 5th Street will reopen to traffic, and southbound 5th Street will be closed between Main Street and Hickory Street. This road closure will be in place for three to four months while the west half of 5th Street is reconstructed.
During this phase of construction, 5th Street will remain one lane and will operate as a one-way street in the northbound direction between Hickory Street and Main Street. Traffic on Main Street that needs to head south on 5th Street should use South County Road and Hickory Street as an alternate route to 5th Street/Parkwood Boulevard. Detour signs will be posted.
During the road closures, traffic on Elm Street and Pecan Street will not be able to cross 5th Street. Westbound traffic on each street will have to turn right onto 5th Street and then use other streets to continue their trip west. Eastbound traffic on Elm Street and Pecan Street will have to divert to Main Street or Ash Street to cross 5th Street.
Motorists are urged to use caution in the construction zone as people become accustomed to the new traffic patterns.
This effort is part of the 5th Street Improvement Project that will reconstruct the road between Hickory Street and Main Street and replace some of the underground utilities. Once completed, 5th Street will be a two-lane concrete road with parking spaces provided on each side, separated by landscape islands with new decorative lighting. In addition, a continuous sidewalk will be constructed along 5th Street and Parkwood Boulevard that will run from Main Street to Stonebrook Parkway. Phase 1 of this project reconstructed the east half of 5th Street and Phase 2 will now reconstruct the west half of the road. Construction is expected to be complete by June 2014.