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Beginning Monday, Aug. 7, the City of Danville will close portions of Jefferson Street and Pine Street in the Five Forks area to through traffic to allow for reconstruction of a storm sewer line that will serve residents on the south side of Pine Street.
Both lanes of Jefferson Street will be closed from Jefferson Avenue to 488 Jefferson St. In addition, both lanes of Pine Street will be closed from Jefferson Street to 835 Pine St. The detour is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Monday and will remain in place through the end of the month.
Residents and businesses will have access to their property.
The Pine Street storm drainage project will fix the current system, which is causing flooding behind and under houses on the south side of the street. The current storm sewer system was constructed parcel by parcel as the homes were built in the early 1900’s. This system is inadequate for the flow of water it receives. The system receives runoff from the Danville Museum Fine Arts & History, 975 Main St., as it flows down to Chestnut Street and into this system.
Structures on the south side of Pine Street have received extensive water damage. The Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority owns the majority of the homes on Pine Street that are affected. The homes were purchased with the intent of rehabilitation and resale for owner occupancy under the city’s blight eradication program.
To fix the problem, the storm sewer line will be reconstructed from Jefferson Street through the rear yard of five housing units, the front yard of one unit and the right-of-way of four additional units along Pine Street. The sanitary sewer line also will be replaced.
Haymes Brothers Inc. of Chatham is the contractor for the project, which will cost $351,280. Virginia Department of Transportation maintenance funds will pay for the portion of the project within the right-of-way. Community Development Block Grant funds will pay for the portion of the project on private property and Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority property.