The intersection of Starke and Plymouth streets in Hamlet may reopen by the middle of next week. Street Superintendent Fred Rowe told the town council Wednesday that the work was halfway done, with the rest of the cement scheduled to be poured yesterday. That means that depending on weather, the intersection may open next Wednesday.
In addition to repaving the intersection, Lee Nagai has been working with the contractor to install two catch basins to improve drainage in the area. That extra work was expected to add about $15,000 to the cost of the project, but Council President Dave Kesvormas said it may end up being a bit more. “When they tore up the connection they have to make with Gobles, there was some questions and they had to dig up something extra, which they may have to do a change, which Lee said that could be nothing and no big deal, and it could be up to $2,000 for the cover that needs to go over, for the drain hookup,” Kesvormas explained.
The work also includes the removal of a guardrail and an unused fire hydrant, the installation of a protective bollard in front of the remaining hydrant, and about 80 feet of concrete barrier curb.