What is the Mt. Tabor Road Restoration and Pedestrian Safety Project?
The Mt. Tabor project includes just over a half mile of new road construction, roadway stabilization improvements, full curbs, gutters, and sidewalks to help improve the neighborhood. The need for this project is clear, considering the renewed surface cracking and foundation shifting occurring near the Slate Run creek slopes, along with the lack of any pedestrian facilities along the roadway. This project will provide a much needed reconstructed road that will aim to stabilize and provide a long-term solution to the road-erosion issues, as well as improve pedestrian safety and provide traffic calming mechanisms.
“The Mt. Tabor Road Project is another example of our focus on investing in neighborhoods and improving the infrastructure of our city,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “This project will stabilize the roadway along a failing creek hillside, improve drainage, and bring sidewalks which connect residents to local schools, parks, and neighbors.”
Road Slide and Erosion issues along Mt. Tabor Road:
In 2013, a slide occurred on the hillside of Mt. Tabor Road. The City provided a temporary solution to the road failure and erosion issues at that time, and this new federally funded project (80% federal funding, 20% local funding) will ensure that a long-term solution is in place that keeps residents and families in the neighborhood safe. The total anticipated cost for this segment of the Mt. Tabor road reconstruction project is about $3.1 million, with the city’s 20% totaling about $620,000.
The city is utilizing drilled shafts to help stabilize the roadway. A drilled shaft system is constructed by drilling a borehole, placing reinforced steel into the drilled shaft, and then filling the remainder with concrete. This system helps form a strong retaining wall that will resist further movement of the roadway and hill.
Week of February 11th: Beginning on 2/25/19, and running through approximately 5/14/19, the roadway (from Klerner Lane to near Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church) will be closed to thru traffic. Residents in the work area will still be able to access their homes.
We know that construction projects are a hassle for neighbors, and that’s why we are doing everything we can to get this project done quickly and efficiently. Recently, construction engineers came to us with a way that we can shave two (2) full months of construction time off of the project, but in order to get this done, we have to close part of Mt. Tabor Road to thru traffic.
While construction projects like this are never fun, we believe that the stabilization of the roadway and safety of all those who travel and live on it is of paramount importance and must be repaired. We are hopeful that this project can be fully completed by late Summer / early Fall 2019.
Week of February 4th: Signal work and ADA ramp installation will begin at the Grant Line Road / Mt. Tabor Road intersection. Temporary lane shifts will be utilized as necessary in the outside lanes of Grant Line Road. Only one lane, either northbound or southbound, will be shifted at a time. Work will occur between 9 am - 3 pm, weather dependent. Drilled shaft installation continues this week. Remaining storm sewer work (besides in the drilled shaft area) will be completed next week.
Week of January 28th: Drilled shaft installation continues along the roadway, along with signal work at the Grant Line Road/Mt Tabor intersection. Temporary lane shifts will be utilized as necessary in the outside lanes of Grant Line Road. Only one lane, either northbound or southbound, will be shifted at a time.
Week of January 21st: ADA Ramp installation at the corners of Charlestown Road and Mt Tabor Road intersection began. Temporary lane shifts were utilized as necessary in the outside lanes of Charlestown Road. Work continued on installation of more drilled shafts. 3540 feet of signal cable was installed. Storm sewer work is nearing completion.
Week of January 14th: Crews continue to work on both the storm sewer installation and the installation of more drilled shafts to help stabilize the roadway. Depending on weather, crews may begin installing ADA ramps at the corners of the Charlestown Road and Mt Tabor Road intersection. If the weather does not cooperate, the ADA ramp work may be moved to next week.
Week of January 7th: Crews installed 15 more drilled shafts along the Slate Run Creek hillside. Four drainage structures were also installed this week, along with 117 lineal feet of drainage pipe connecting the structures. Crews then backfilled and installed a riprap ditch.