Fourth Ave. East Streetscape - 180007

Construction is underway on the Fourth Avenue Streetscape project. The plan aims to make the corridor between Main Street and Grove Street more pedestrian friendly, provide a more walkable route linking the downtown and Seventh Avenue districts, and improve safety for those traveling through the intersection at Fourth and Grove, whether they are on foot or traveling by bicycle or motorized vehicle.

The project will involve sidewalk replacements, stormwater improvements, electrical work, new intersection signals, streetlamps, decorative brick crosswalks, and street resurfacing along Fourth Avenue.

New sidewalks will be installed on either side of Fourth Avenue with accompanying decorative streetlamp lighting. Most of the concrete and electrical work is expected to be completed by the first of the year. Street resurfacing and the installation of streetlamps is set to follow in the spring.

The project will also bring the addition of some on-street parking spaces along the eastbound side of the avenue. Additionally, an aesthetically pleasing and functional bioswale will be created to collect and filter stormwater.

A fully signalized traffic light at Fourth and Grove is also part of the street improvement project. Pedestrian specific signals and upgraded curb ramps will improve accessibility to pedestrians using the intersection. The signal installation will most likely take place in the summer of 2020.

Motorists and pedestrians can expect to see sidewalk closures, lane closures, and full street closures as varying stages of the project are completed. Questions about the improvements may be directed to Brendan Shanahan at bshanahan@hvlnc.gov.

crews working on sidewalk

*All updates and schedules are weather dependent*

  • On Monday, January 27th, Public Works will begin demolition of a 6 foot x 20 foot section of sidewalk between Main Street and Edwards Alley in order to make repairs to an old coal shoot under the sidewalk. The pit is located on the north side of 4th Avenue by the Gem and Mineral museum's back door. Repairs will take several days, but the plan is to have the sidewalk open to foot traffic on Friday, January 31st. This section of sidewalk will be closed Monday-Friday. The schedule is subject to change depending on weather.

  • 2/3/2020 Update: This week crews are continuing to work on sidewalk / curb and gutter on the section of 4th Avenue between Grove and King. Work leading up to filling and covering the pit located on the north side of 4th Avenue by the Gem and Mineral museum's back door is still ongoing. Weather permitting, crews are aiming to begin demo and construction on the section of sidewalk on the north side of 4th Avenue between Main Street and Edwards Alley along the Gem and Mineral Museum the week of February 10. Final work on the pit will be completed in conjunction with the sidewalk.

  • 2/7/2020 Update: Next week (week of February 10) Public Works will be starting demo on the north side of 4th Avenue near Main St working their way down to Edwards St. If weather cooperates, they hope to be finished with that section of sidewalk at the end of the week. Next, they will move to the south sidewalk on 4th Avenue and work from Main St toward King St. Weather permitting, this section will take approximately 3 weeks to complete.