A project that connects sidewalks and calms traffic recently was completed along Cayman Avenue in the Windward Point subdivision. The entire project – design, construction and inspection – was completed by Town staff with money saved from two other sidewalk projects that came in under budget.
Holly Springs Senior Engineer Kendra Parrish said the Cayman sidewalk connection had been eyed by the Town for years because of the need for the pedestrian connection and because of concerns about the speed of traffic traveling around the corner near Cayman Avenue's intersection with North Main Street.
"For years we've wanted to place a sidewalk there," she said.
However, finding funding for the sidewalk connection alone proved impossible because of the expense and environmental impact of building a retaining wall to allow enough space for a sidewalk along the portion of Cayman Avenue that crosses a creek.
"This project stayed on the list for a long time," Parrish said.
As the Town became more concerned about the speed of vehicles on Cayman Avenue, staff decided to combine the sidewalk connection into a project that also calmed traffic.
For the project, the Town narrowed the street, installing a new curb and adding sidewalk where the old curb once ran, slightly modifying the storm drainage and preserving the area's wax myrtles. Because the lanes vehicles travel now are narrower, Parrish said, drivers instinctively slow down. The project was constructed within one month and had a $22,000 budget.
"The project provides a safe sidewalk connection to a shopping area on a well-traveled street," said Aaron Levitt, the Town's project engineer who designed the project
Levitt spoke highly of the interdepartmental cooperation that allowed the project to be completed.
"The Town's Public Works Department constructed and delivered a high quality project at minimal cost to the taxpayers," he said.
Public Works employees who assisted with the project included William Smith, concrete repair crew leader, and William Boone, who excavated the storm drainage. David Summers, lead development inspector, completed the project inspection.
Keeping the project in-house saved money. But that’s not all.
"I think the people involved in the project take greater responsibility and pride in the project because we live here," Parrish said.
The funding for the Cayman project came from money saved when sidewalk projects along Sunset Lake Road and Holly Springs Road were finished under budget. The project along Sunset Lake Road connected sidewalk at the Harris Teeter shopping center on Holly Springs Road to Kenmont Drive. The project along Holly Springs Road connected sidewalk at the shopping center at the road's intersection with Main Street with the N.C. 55 bypass.
Upcoming sidewalk projects include connecting sidewalks along Grigsby Avenue – from the Womble Park greenway to the existing sidewalk near Stinson Avenue. The project also will be designed and constructed in-house and is expected to be complete this fall.