The Town of Johnstown began the Charlotte Street Improvement Project in November 2022. This project will improve the condition of Charlotte St. between Jay Avenue (Letford Elementary) and Columbine Avenue (Parish Park), replacing and upgrading aged water and sewer infrastructure, installing a new stormwater system, and providing residents with a smoother, high-quality road and wider sidewalks in the area.
This project is expected to be completed in 2 phases and is estimated to be finished during Summer 2023.
Charlotte Street Improvement Project Benefits
- Replaced and upgraded water and sewer lines
- New stormwater system to address surface flooding issues
- Increased walkability and pedestrian safety
- Smoother driving surface
- Better quality road for vehicle traffic
- Greater aesthetic appeal
Road work began in November 2022 and is estimated to go on into Summer 2023. The Town's contract providers the contractor financial incentives to finish the project by June 1, 2023. Project timeline is based on cooperative weather and resource availability.
The first phase will involve replacement of the water and sewer infrastructure in the area and installation of the new storm drain system, working east to west. The Town's contractor for the project, Connell Resources, estimates that Phase 1 work will be completed in Spring 2023. Crews will be working Monday through Saturday, 7am to 5pm with occasional late work periods until 7pm.
- Phase 1 Traffic Impacts
Residents can expect intermittent full street and single-lane closures throughout the project area, as well as restrictions on street parking in specific areas during certain periods of utility construction.
Homeowners in the area may also experience occasional disruptions to their water and sewer service while their properties are connected to the new water and sewer service lines. Homeowners can expect to receive at least 48 hours notice in advance of any service disruption.
- Note For Homeowners in the Project Area
The Town will be replacing aged water and sewer lines to the property line as part of this project. Residents that wish to have the water and sewer lines replaced on their property at the same time may do so, but they must hire their own contractor. The Town's contractor will work with residents' contractors for timing to tie in to the Town's service lines.
The Charlotte Street Improvement Project work will not be delayed as a result, and residents' contractors will need to be ready in advance to make the connection to the Town service line when the Town's contractor is in the area. Please email Mark Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, and include your name, address, and phone number.
The second phase is estimated to begin in the spring of 2023 and will involve reconstruction of the roadway and additions of new safety enhancements, including wider sidewalks, a striped centerline, and striping for some stop signs and crosswalks. Crews will be working on the same schedule as Phase 1, working east to west in blocks.
The Town and the project contractor will be prioritizing access to Roosevelt High School and public areas, and all first responders will have access to the road during project work. School professionals will be kept up-to-date. The Town's contractor will be responsible for ensuring that residents in the project area have their trash and recycling picked up by Waste Connections.
- Phase 2 Traffic Impacts
Residents can expect full road closures to thru traffic for portions of roadway work and restrictions on street parking in areas currently undergoing milling, grading, or paving.
Homeowners in the area will, on occasion, have limited access to their driveway as work occurs in front of it, though they will receive 48 hours notice in advance of any such work.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What will this project cost, and how is it being funded?
This Town has budgeted $4.5 million for this project. The Town received an in-state grant for $750,000 for this project, which will offset a portion of the cost of the project.
- What's going to happen to the historic trees on Charlotte Street?
One of the main goals of this project is to preserve the trees in the Charlotte Street Corridor. The Town is working with an arborist from SavATree to identify the health of existing trees, the impact of utility lines on trees, and any next steps that may need to be taken.
- What do residents' snow clearance obligations look like during this project?
Homeowners will still be responsible for snow clearance, unless the area has been zoned off for work, in which case the homeowner is relieved of the responsibility. It is unlikely that this will happen if we keep to the project timeline. Contractor offered to note on door hang notices if specific homes will be relieved of snow clearance obligations during specific time periods.
- Will Charlotte Street receive new streetlights as part of this project?
Some streetlights along Charlotte Street will be replaced as part of this project, and some may be relocated.
- Is fiber optic planned to be included in this project?
Fiber optic will not be included in this project, however, the Charlotte Street Improvement Project work will not hinder the ability for fiber to be installed in the future. Fiber providers will use existing utility lines if they come into the area in the future.
Please contact Town Hall, 970-587-4664 for more information.