Street Improvements In Nelsonville Celebrated

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Past and current city officials gathered for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Jefferson and Watkins Street improvement project in Nelsonville on Tuesday morning. 

The project was recently completed and the roadway features a stamped pattern to mimic adjoining brick streets. 

"This project marks the first step in hopefully many that will rebuild four historic streets in Nelsonville," said Nelsonville City Manager Mark Hall.

According to Hall, Council's street committee began discussing the project in 2010. An agreement was signed to hire HDR Engineering in Columbus in October 2012 to design the project. Stockmeister Enterprises Inc. of Jackson performed the work.

"When the project was in the design stage, HDR contacted all of the utility companies that had their utilities under the streets along the project," Hall said. "Everybody knew they had their utilities under the streets along the project, however nobody knew the true depth of their lines which caused us real headaches and long delays — in the amount of around 48 working days — in the project. At times it caused some real problems for all involved in the project, along with the fact the businesses suffered as well when these problems arose.

"All in all, we all got through it which brings us to where we are today, showcasing this project that we all should be proud of," Hall said.