Center Street Streetscape project

Demolition work starts on the final phase of the downtown streetscape project along Center Street that is expected to take a year to finish.

Work is moving along on the final stretch of the Center Street streetscape project that draws people and businesses downtown.

Rick Fletcher, Goldsboro public works director, said city crews started demolishing sidewalks and cutting down trees May 22 along Center Street from Spruce to Elm streets. Demolition work on the road began last week, he said.

The streetscape project stopped at the fire station, but the new work will extend the renaissance project on Center Street two more blocks, Fletcher said.

“In another two weeks, we hope to be finished with our part of it,” he said.

Once the demolition is complete, a contractor will begin work on the streetscaping, Fletcher said.

Julie Metz, Goldsboro downtown development director, said in May the work now taking place is the third and final phase of the project on Center Street, except for the redesign of Cornerstone Commons at the intersection of Chestnut and Center streets.

“It will be fairly much the same as the previous blocks we’ve done with the exception that the area, officially the 400 block, was intended at some point to be more residential in nature,” Metz said in an earlier interview.

The new sidewalks between Spruce and Elm streets will not be quite as wide as the other sidewalks along Center Street. A grass buffer with trees will be between the sidewalk and curb with one lane of parallel parking curbside, Metz said.

The center median will be 54 feet wide, a little wider than the northbound median, she said. Ornamental trees will be planted and a path installed in the middle of them.

The Center Street extension project is part of a $5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, TIGER, grant from the Federal Transit Administration, which also includes the Hub, formerly known as Cornerstone Commons, and the wayfinding signage system fabrication and installation.