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Fairfax Boulevard Construction Updates
Fairfax Boulevard construction has begun. It is going to be one of the primary transportation passageways to and from the Old Town District. This corridor will provide a pivotal connection to the developing areas in the Flowing Springs Development District, such as Fairfax Crossing and Lakeland Place. It will advance the expansion and re-expansion conveniences within the City of Ranson as well as the Ranson/Charles Town Brownfields Re-development Corridor. Construction of Fairfax Boulevard is funded through a U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER II Planning Grant; U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER IV Construction Grant; West Virginia Department of Transportation funds; local funds and private sector funds.
Currently an unimproved two-lane road providing residential access and parking, Fairfax Boulevard is undergoing major renovation next month. The newly designed and constructed Fairfax Boulevard will be a thorough street. It will serve to several forms of transportation - including pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. The $9.4 million job combines a 2-lane median divided boulevard with on-street parking, new sidewalks, street trees, curb and gutter, wide center landscaped median with contemporary Chesapeake Bay storm water approaches, LED lighting and street furniture. George Street/Fairfax Boulevard between Liberty Street and Lancaster Circle will receive new sidewalks, curb gutter, pavement and street trees. The complete project is expected to arrive in about 18 months from now - although there is always that chance that it could take a little longer.
Current Status: (Check back for updates)
- October 10, 2015 - WVDOH has opened Fairfax Boulevard from Lancaster Circle to 5th Avenue. Motorists are urged to use caution as the top coat of asphalt has not been installed. Furthermore, trees and permanent striping needs to be installed. Phase 4A (Beltline to 10th) continues with excavation, sewer and water line work completed and conduit installation for utilities. Block retaining walls and guards have been installed and sidewalk work to Beltline has been completed. Work still needs to be completed on excavation and landscaping of median swales by contractor from 6th to Beltline. The City has informed WVDOH and the contractor of opening Fairfax Boulevard to Beltline prior to winter.
- June 2, 2015 - Phase 3A (5th to 7th) construction activities included completion of street light conduits and light pole foundations. Phase 3B (7th to Beltline) construction activities included completion of block walls, concrete steps, street light conduits and street light foundations, curb and gutter, fabric for separation, aggregate base course, base course asphalt 1, base course asphalt 2. Phase 4A (Beltline - 10th) began with the completion of approximately 25% of unclassified excavation. Electric utility relocation continued; telephone utility relocation should begin imminently. Once Frontier removes fiber optic lines, poles will be removed and sidewalks/pavers installed. Phase 4A (Beltline - 10th) work will continue with pavement construction at the intersection of Beltline. This will allow for Beltline to be opened to traffic. Work in median swales will be in Phase 3A and 3B. Conduit work will continue north of Beltline Avenue.
- March 19, 2015 - Winter shut-down has ended and construction has proceeded. New completion date for entire job is June 2016. Utility relocation will begin on March 30. Utility relocation will start at Lancaster Circle and proceed towards 12th Avenue. Fairfax Blvd between Lancaster Circle and Fifth Avenue will be reopened once sidewalks are installed. Once poles are relocated, sidewalk and paver installation can begin. Utility relocation is scheduled to be complete 12 weeks from start of relocation. Additional curb has been poured on the southbound lane and concrete steps have been poured on the northbound lane. Additional storm sewer work will start from Beltline to 10th; median work from 6th to Beltline and road bed from 6th to Beltline.
- December 10, 2014 - An agreement has been reached to relocate utility lines on Fairfax Boulevard. The poles will be relocated behind new sidewalks and all overhead crossings eliminated. The utility companies have estimated it will take them 12 weeks to accomplish all work, but it will completed in a phased manner so sidewalks can be installed in a phased approach. Work continues between on prepping the ground for the retaining wall north of Sixth Avenue. Sidewalk has been installed between Lancaster Circle and Sixth on the east side. Paver will be installed between the sidewalk and curb. Excavation continues between towards Beltline in preparation for roadbed. Asphalt has been installed between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The median between Sixth and Seventh has been excavated in preparation for liner, soils and stormwater management. Contractor intends to work so long as winter weather allows.
- November 11, 2014 - Landscaping has been completed in the center median between Lancaster Circle and Sixth. New sewer, water and stormwater lines have been installed between Lancaster Circle and Sixth. Asphalt has been installed from Lancaster Circle to Sixth. SIdewalk installation is waiting for First Energy and Frontier to relocate lines. The retaining wall has been completed between Fifth and Sixth. Work will continue from Sixth to Beltline with installation of retaining walls, curb, asphalt and medians. Electrical conduit work is underway for street lighting.
- September 20, 2014 - Landscaping preparation has begun for the Boulevard from Lancaster Circle Fifth Avenue. Sidewalk pouring will be conducted after utility relocation. Silva cell installation is complete. Modular flow through planters have been installed in the median between Lancaster Circle and Sixth Avenues. New water, sewer and stormwater mains and laterals have been installed to approximately Seventh Avenue and the contractor is working to install and mains and laterals to Beltline prior to winter. The retaining wall between Lancaster Circle and Sixth is complete with the exception of top cap. The Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth is being prepared for curb and base asphalt. Final asphalt will be completed at one time prior to opening. Excavation and fix continues from 12th Avenue through 17th Avenues in order to get future Boulevard to correct grade. Project remains on schedule with ultimate complete date in the Fall of 2015.
- July 25, 2014 - Underground water, sewer and stormwater utility installation has been completed between Lancaster Circle and Fifth Avenue. Silva cell installation is continuing between 5th and 6th Avenues. Curb work has been completed between Lancaster Circle and 5th. Contractor plans to asphalt Fairfax Boulevard between Lancaster Circle and 5th Avenue during first week of August in order to reopen Fifth Avenue and Fairfax from Lancaster Circle to Fifth. Conduit for lighting is also being installed and preparations are being made for the installation of a retaining wall on the east side of Fairfax Boulevard between 5th and 6th Avenues.
- May 5, 2014 - Work continues between Lancaster Circle and Sixth Avenue. Excavation has begun for the installation of Silva Cells (see update below for more information.) Unclassified excavation will continue on this section of the project.
- April 25, 2014 - New sewer main installation continues. New stormwater pipes have been installed. The first delivery of Silva Cells have been delivered and will start being installed in the next week, weather depending. A silva cell is a modular suspended pavement system that uses soil volumes to support large tree growth and provide powerful on-site stormwater management through absorption, evapotranspiration and interception. To learn more about silva cells, visit http://www.deeproot.com/products/silva-cell/overview. Utility work will continue along with limited small charge blasting. Some residents have received flyers regarding blasting surveys. Click here to read a letter from the Mayor regarding these third party pre-blast survey flyers.
- April 2014 - Construction is taking place between Lancaster Circle and 6th Avenue. New sewer lines and storm pipes are currently being installed. Blasting is taking place between Lancaster and 6th Avenue. 5th Avenue is closed between Preston Street and Mildred. Fairfax Boulevard is closed between Lancaster Circle and 6th Avenue. This section will be closed through summer. Construction will then proceed from 6th Avenue to Beltline.
Click here for signage/marking plan overview.
(Complete set of plans are too large for download. The plans linked are a small portion of complete plan set. Linked plans are intended simply to provide an overview of the project.)