City Project on W Court to Proceed
August 19, 2011
By CHRIS TRAINOR
Greenwood, SC - The City of Greenwood is continuing to plan for streetscape improvements along West Court Avenue in Uptown.
City manager Charlie Barrineau said the upgrades on West Court would be similar in appearance to the streetscaping done on Oregon Avenue and Maxwell Avenue in recent years
However, Barrineau said the city would also look to do sewer and water line upgrades on West Court in conjunction with the streetscape project, which would add to the cost of the work.
The city received $411,181 in Community Development Block Grant funding to help fund the project.
The base bid for construction on the project is roughly $369,000. Contractors AOS, of Columbia, would handle the initial streetscaping.
The city manager said the cost for the streetscaping - including water line upgrades, sewer upgrades and other details - would be $485,321. The design fees for the project would be $43,618, and an administrative fee from the Upper Savannah Council of Governments is $25,000, leaving the total cost of the project $553,939.
Of that $553,939, $411,181 will be paid with CDBG funds, while the city will pick up the remaining $142,758.
The project will include various decorative crosswalks and ornate black street lamps, similar to features on Maxwell and Oregon avenues. Barrineau said handicapped accessibility improvements will also be made to West Court Avenue. Power lines along the street will be buried.
Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams said he thinks the streetscape project on West Court Avenue will be a worthwhile endeavor.
"I walk that street at least twice a day, coming in and out of my office," said the mayor, who is also an attorney. "I think this project is going to enhance the tie between the courthouse an Main Street. It makes such a difference when you bury those power lines and do streetscaping. It really does make everything stand out so much more. It is a visible street because of CPW's presence and because of people going to and from the courthouse.
"I think it's going to be a wonderful project."