Fulton Street getting makeover

October 23, 2011
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One of downtown’s main arteries, Fulton Street, will be resurfaced next year from Market Avenue east to Division Avenue.

“This is scheduled to start after the (Fifth Third) River Bank Run and take six weeks to complete,” said City Engineer Marc De Clercq.

The work won’t be the standard resurfacing. Instead of layering asphalt over the rotomilled surface, the project will be topped off with white concrete.

“This is going to be a very nice project. It will be a white concrete, so it will look nice,” said De Clercq. “It will probably get a 30-year life with the white concrete. It wears better than asphalt.”

The work is expected to cost an estimated $793,000. Nearly $290,000 in federal grants will go toward the project. The Downtown Development Authority has already pledged $200,000 to it, and bonds from the city’s Street Capital Fund will pick up the lion’s share at $305,000.

DDA Executive Director Jay Fowler told board members recently they soon would see at least one and possibly two requests for funding to support streetscape improvements along Fulton Street.

“We will have a public information session with the business owners in that stretch,” said De Clercq.

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