Prior project postpones Prince paving

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

A $3 million repaving project on Prince Street scheduled to start Monday is being delayed by a week, according to Chad Lydick of Lydick Engineers and Surveyors.

K. Barnett and Sons will start the project to renovate Prince Street from Llano Estacado Boulevard and 21st Street on Sept. 2, Lydick told about 20 business representatives who gathered Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library for an information meeting regarding the paving project. He said the construction company is finishing a project at the Clovis airport.

The Prince Street project involves replacing sidewalks, curb and gutters, installing a sewer and drainage line and pouring new pavement on the road, according to Lydick.

City Manager Joe Thomas estimated the work will take 120 days to complete.

Lydick said traffic would be restricted to one southbound and one northbound lane but access to businesses will not be blocked during the project.

However, during the final phase of the project, which involves pouring asphalt, Lydick said the intersection on Commerce Way and Prince will be blocked on and off for about six weeks to control traffic on the north and south bound lanes.

Lydick estimated the final phase would take place in November.

Clint Harden, who owns the Twin Cronnies Drive-In on Commerce Way, said he wanted a definite time frame for the blockage, which he said would affect access to his business. But he said the project was necessary.

“The concern is that the negative side of it, which is how it hurts access to your business, be limited as much as possible for everybody,” he said.

Business representatives also expressed concerns regarding migration of traffic to residential areas.

Thomas said the city would address their concerns on a case-by-case basis.

Randy Petty of Triangle Ace Home Center said the project was long overdue.

“I don’t think (the project is) going to shut our business down and (the city) will work with us and accomplish something that’s needed to be done,” he said.