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Progress moves ahead on downtown revitalization

The construction crews have completed relocating the aerial facilities on Cemetery Street and Houston Street, including the service lines to the back of the Main Street storefront properties, according to Comcast Cable’s contractor, Fiber Technologies, Inc. 

The contractors have pulled underground cable lines from Edmunds Boulevard and Mountain Road with the final connections completed. 

Better Cable Systems’ crews have been rerouting aerial Halifax County fiber optic lines with the final splicing and removal to be completed by Sept. 28. 

Starting Tuesday, Dominion Virginia Power’s aerial contractor, C.W. Wright, will begin removing poles on the east side of South Main Street between Houston Street and Cemetery Street. 

For safety reasons, parking spaces in front of the poles on the east side of South Main Street will be restricted from the corner of Houston Street to the corner Cemetery Street while heavy construction vehicles and crews are on site removing the utility poles, according to Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy. 

Construction workers will be on hand to allow businesses and agencies to gain access safely for their employees, customers and clients. 

Weather permitting, sections of sidewalk around the poles will be demolished on Sept. 18, the poles will be removed Sept. 19-20 with concrete being poured on Sept. 21. 

This work is expected to progress from the north near the traffic light at Mountain Road and proceed south to Cemetery Street. Motorists, business owners, customers and pedestrians using this section of South Main Street should exercise caution when heavy machinery is in operation, Espy said. 

Business owners, customers and delivery vehicles will be able to access Houston Street and Cemetery Street at all times. 

Motorists should be alert to construction workers directing traffic at times as necessary in this general area. 

The pole removal and sidewalk repair on the east side of South Main Street should be completed by Friday. Depending on the splicing of the county fiber optic lines, final construction is expected to be complete by mid-October, weather permitting, according to the town manager. 

For further information, contact Espy at 476-2343.