A two-year, $2.3 million construction project to replace utilities, restore pavement and create an attractive entry into downtown Kilgore begins this week, the city said.
Engineering for the Main Street improvement project began in 2019, and several phases are planned. The first phase of the project includes removing the existing asphalt on the road in downtown Kilgore between U.S. 259 and Rusk Street.
Phase 2, set for June and August, includes inspection of the concrete base and completion of designs. Phase 3, set for August through June 2022, will include replacement of all water, sewer and storm drains.
Phase 4, set for July 2022 through February 2023, will have the city installing new curbs, driveways and wider sidewalks. Phase 5, scheduled for January 2022-May 2023, will include pavement repairs and improvements.
Two-way traffic is expected to be maintained throughout the project whenever possible, but motorists should expect temporary flaggers and detours as needed. The city said road conditions will be rough, and they encourage motorists to drive slow and with caution during the entire construction process.
Access to all downtown businesses will be maintained during construction.
The project’s progress can be followed online at www.cityofkilgore.com/currentprojects.