Joshua Morrison/News Bricks are returning to West Pleasant Street. Crews have made good use of the warm weather to lay brick on the street from Mulberry Street to North Main.

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

Bricks are returning to West Pleasant Street. Crews have made good use of the warm weather to lay brick on the street from Mulberry Street to North Main. Request this photo

MOUNT VERNON — North Main Street may reopen two weeks sooner than expected.

At the mayor’s weekly press briefing Friday, Jason Epley, assistant to the city engineer, reported that Main Street at Pleasant Street was being paved “as we speak” and striping for the stop bars and crosswalks are to be painted Tuesday.

He said they hope to have the street open Tuesday afternoon, or at the worst, on Wednesday.

Epley said bricks are being laid on West Pleasant and the focus is switching to East Pleasant, where the curbs and sidewalks are being removed and the bricks are being taken up.

The closing was scheduled to last up to eight weeks; it has been closed six weeks.

Epley also reported the contract for the Spice Alley, Green Alley and Wooster Road sanitary sewer project has been awarded to Ours Excavating of Mount Gilead at a cost of $390,672.20. A portion of the cost of the Spice Alley work next to the Courthouse will be paid by Knox County.

Epley also said the Parrott Street/South Main Street intersection improvement project will go out for bids next week, and bids for the city’s annual paving program will be opened June 14.

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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