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Green Street reconstruction begins Monday

By Sherry Koonce skoonce@news-journal.com
Oct. 4, 2012 at 11 p.m.


Traffic will be diverted along a portion of Green Street starting Monday when work begins on a $6 million reconstruction project in the heart of downtown Longview.

During the first phase of the $6 million streetscaping project, Green Street will be closed from the north side of the Tyler Street intersection to the south side of the Cotton Street intersection.

While construction is underway, east/west traffic on Cotton Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction. North/south traffic on Green Street will be closed between Cotton and Tyler streets.

East/west traffic on Tyler Street will be closed at the Green Street intersection.

The partial closures will remain in effect until May 6, when the entire Green Street project is expected to be complete, said Shawn Hara, spokesman for the city.

The Green Street reconstruction is the second-largest project in the $52.6 million street bond package passed by voters in 2011.

In addition to paving, there will be improvements to underlying infrastructure.

"We've had issues with downtown streets where it is not level," Hara said. "The infrastructure is some of the oldest in town."

Also, elevation of the Green Street Bridge, between Cotton and Tyler streets, will be improved to increase vehicular clearance.

When the project is completed, Green Street will be improved from Cotton to Whaley streets. And the Green Street intersection will be similar to those already completed on Tyler and Fredonia streets.

"What's great about this project is the continued vision of enhancing downtown Longview so the same reconstruction and streetscaping that took place on Tyler an Fredonia will now extend to Green Street," Hara said.

In all, 10 Longview streets are included in the bond projects as well as improvements to oil dirt streets and sidewalks improvements.

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