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Clayton Street Improvements Project Update -
December 31, 2019

Stormwater Infrastructure Work Continues in January 2020

Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works crews will continue stormwater infrastructure work starting on January 6, 2020. Work will take place on three blocks and is expected to last around 8-12 weeks. 

These are the same crews who finished the Phase 1 Pre-Dig in fall 2018 and the stormwater installation in summer 2019, so they are familiar with the area and the challenges.

The original timeline for the East Clayton Street Improvements project was delayed a result of needing to resolve approximately 60 utility conflicts - including pipes, vaults, and conduit - with both public and private utilities that were discovered during the successful Phase 1 Pre-Dig in fall 2018.

That work to address conflicts is still being coordinated with the design team and private utilities. Design changes (shifting where things will be placed and run underground) eliminated some of these conflicts, but not all of them. Private utilities - gas, power, cable, telecommunications, etc. - are continuing to work on their plans to move or make changes to their structures in conjunction with the stormwater installation

Some of this private utility work may occur in areas along Clayton Street separate from the work noted below, but the goal is to coordinate work with Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) staff and other utilities as much as possible.

Key notes about the upcoming stormwater infrastructure work:

  • Work begins January 6
  • ~8-12 weeks to finish
  • Work takes place in segments along the three blocks (see maps linked below for locations and schedules)
  • Major work takes place Monday – Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with some Friday morning patching)
  • Lane and parking restrictions on Clayton Street and some on College Avenue
  • Lane and parking restrictions will run Monday - Thursday and some Friday mornings. Areas will reopen for Friday - Sunday.
  • Two ACC Transportation & Public Works crews will work together on each area
As noted above, some private utility work may occur in areas other than this to address their conflicts as they can schedule it, although much of this work would be of minimal disruption.

Larger versions of the maps below are available as a PDF at
Clayton Stormwater Work 2020 - College to Lumpkin
Clayton Stormwater Work 2020 - College to Jackson
Clayton Stormwater Work 2020 - Jackson to Thomas

Streetscape Work Beginning in March 2020

The Astra Group was selected in summer 2019 through an RFP (request for proposals) process to work on the pre-planning, coordination of utility conflict resolution, and construction of the streetscape component of the project. 

The entire streetscape effort includes underground infrastructure needed to support items such as street lights and traffic signals, as well as hardscape surface elements such as curb and gutter, sidewalk replacement, and other above-ground elements.

  • The streetscape work is scheduled to begin in March 2020. 
  • The process will involve working on two small segments at a time (~10 groups) along the three main blocks of East Clayton Street, two blocks of North Jackson Street, and the block of Wall Street for approximately 3-4 weeks for each group.
  • This will involve the demolition of existing streetscape and the replacement to 75-80% of completion during this time. 
  • Pedestrian paths will be maintained during these times.
  • Final completion to 100% - landscaping and paving - will be done towards the end of the project in larger segments.
  • More detailed information about this work will be coming in early 2020.

Eco-Stations Coming to Downtown

Related to this project - although separate from it - the ACC Solid Waste Department will be working with this project to install eco-stations in key locations.

Eco-stations are enclosed areas used to gather trash and recycling from businesses and residents in order to avoid bags and recycling being placed directly on the streetscape / sidewalk. Bags left on the curbs leak, are unsightly, cause pedestrian conflicts, and can be a safety hazard.

Eco-stations often have artistic or green components as part of them. ACC Solid Waste is working with the Athens Downtown Development Association (ADDA) and Clayton Street Improvements Project staff on some locations to be included in the streetscape work and working on the process of using the eco-stations. More information will be forthcoming as the designs are approved.

If you have questions in the meantime on the eco-stations, contact the ACC Solid Waste Department at 706-613-3501.

Additional information and upcoming dates that relate to the Clayton Street Area project will continue to be sent through this listserve.

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