Solid Waste Downtown Collections Public Meeting on April 16

Clayton Street Improvement Project Update - May 3, 2019

So What's Up with the East Clayton Street Improvements Project?

Back in January, we let you know that the original timeline for the East Clayton Street Improvements project would be delayed.

The delay was 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 last year.

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.

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.

Stormwater Infrastructure Work to Begin May 13 on Wall St. (1st) & College Ave. (2nd) Intersection Areas

Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works crews will work on two areas this summer to install key stormwater structures in and around the intersections of Wall Street and College Avenue. These are the same crews who finished the Phase 1 Pre-Dig ahead of schedule last year, so they are familiar with the area and the challenges already.

The work is taking place during the slower summer months because it is more disruptive due to its location around the intersections. After these areas are complete, much of the remaining stormwater work will be parallel to the street and can be accomplished with fewer disruptions.

Key notes about the upcoming stormwater infrastructure work:

  • Work begins May 13 on Wall Street and, once completed, will move over to the College Avenue area
  • ~3 month effort to finish both areas
  • Work takes place Monday – Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with some Friday morning patching)
  • Wall Street will be closed to vehicles during work in its area with some lane / parking restrictions on Clayton Street when work moves to the intersection
  • Lane and parking restrictions on College Avenue / Clayton Street when work moves to its area
  • Lane and parking restrictions will run Monday - Thursday and some Friday mornings. Areas will reopen for Friday - Sunday, except Wall St., which will remain closed until its work is complete.
  • Two ACC Transportation & Public Works crews working 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.
Clayton Street Improvements Summer 2019 Work Map

Selection of Pre-Construction & Construction Management Services for Streetscape in July

An RFP (request for proposals) is currently open for a private Pre-Construction and Construction Management Services company until the end of May. This company will work on the pre-planning and construction of the streetscape component of the project.

The revised full block-by-block timeline for the stormwater infrastructure and the streetscape installations will be developed beginning late summer once the company has been selected. This will allow the selected company to work with staff on developing the timeline that continues to minimize disruptions during key events and the holiday seasons.

The Mayor and Commission is currently scheduled to award the bid for these services at their July 2 meeting.

Clayton Street Area Improvements Preliminary Streetscape Plans

Streetscape Design Preliminary Plans Approved

Speaking of the streetscape, the preliminary plans were approved by the Mayor and Commission on February 5, 2019 and are available at

These preliminary plans show the location of pavers, planters, trees, benches, and trash receptacles, along with some renderings of views and details of areas.

Clayton Street Area Improvements Public Art Concept

Public Art Concept Approved

Speaking of the streetscape (part two), the Mayor and Commission also approved the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission's recommendation for the preliminary concept of the public art component for East Clayton Street on March 5.

Selected artist Eric Leshinsky, an urban planner, will work to finalize his Clayton Connector public art with staff and the community over the coming months, as the art installation will not occur until towards the end of the project.

The Clayton Connector uses a powder-coated galvanized metal pipe that bends in multiple ways, stops and starts, and creates functional shapes such as benches, bike racks, and other frames, as it moves along the sidewalk within a narrow area that avoids disrupting pedestrian traffic.

See the full concept at

Downtown Dumpster Pilot Project

Solid Waste Dumpster Pilot Projects for Clayton Street Businesses

Related to this project - although separate from it - the ACC Solid Waste Department conducted a pilot project during Twilight weekend (April 26-27) with dumpsters in key locations for select Clayton Street businesses to use instead of placing their bags on the sidewalks.

A second pilot project will take place in the coming weeks where Clayton Street businesses are asked to use the dumpsters for 1-2 weeks in order to assess the locations of the dumpsters and other aspects of using the dumpsters.

Solid Waste staff will visit businesses directly to provide more information and answer questions about the second pilot project once timeframes and locations have been determined. If you have questions in the meantime, contact Solid Waste 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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