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Posted: June 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Small part of Wheat St. to close

The part of Wheat Street between Industrial Boulevard and Hazelbrand Road will be closed to through-traffic for construction starting July 1.

The city of Covington is paying Blount Construction $339,000 to resurface and widen the road to three lanes with a middle turning lane, said new Covington Transportation Director Ken Swain.

The construction is a continuation of the widening project that took place further east on Wheat Street, between Hazelbrand Road and Ga. Highway 142.

Road work will begin July 1 and Blount has up to 120 business days to complete the project, Swain said.
The road has no residences and only serves a few businesses, Swain said. Customers will still be able to access the businesses, but cut-through traffic will not be allowed.

The project also entails adding curb and gutter to the sides of the road.

In other road news, Swain said work will start soon on the Clark Street project, which involves adding sidewalks from the Clark’s Grove neighborhood to the roundabout, widening and repaving the road between Carroll Street and the roundabout, and adding curb and gutter and bike lanes.

The project is the last section that will create a continuous sidewalks connection from the Turner Lake Complex to Eastside High School, approximately a four-mile trip.

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