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Construction will begin on Union

It will be late April or early May before residents and visitors to the town of Erwin see construction on Main Avenue.
In a phone interview with The Erwin Record on Monday Mark Lafever, public works director for the town, said construction signs will be posted next week in the downtown area. One to two weeks after that crews from Summers-Taylor, the company recently awarded the bid to complete the next two phases of the town’s downtown revitalization project, will begin working on Union Street near the Nolichucky Avenue intersection. Crews will begin working on Union near Main Avenue in late April or early May, according to Lafever.
The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen awarded Summers-Taylor the project during a meeting last month. Two bids – one from Thomas Construction and one from Summers-Taylor Inc. – were received for the project.
The bid from Thomas Construction was approximately $4.4 million. Summers-Taylor’s bid was approximately $3.4 million. The board unanimously voted to accept the bid submitted by Summers-Taylor.
Work on the second phase of the downtown revitalization, which will include Main Avenue between Union and Gay streets, will begin after the flood mitigation at the intersection of Union Street and Main Avenue is complete. The second phase is scheduled to be complete by mid-September.
Town officials have previously said the third phase of the downtown revitalization project will include Main Avenue from Union to Love streets. The third phase will also include the section of Love Street between Main Avenue and Church Street.
The first phase of the construction was completed in September 2013 and included Main Avenue from Second to Gay streets.