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Main Avenue reopens to traffic

Phase three of the town of Erwin’s downtown revitalization project is complete and traffic can now travel on Main Avenue from one end of downtown Erwin to the other.
Barriers were removed on Tuesday, June 23, a few days before the project’s deadline.
“Downtown revitalization as far as phase one through phase three is now complete,” City Recorder Glenn Rosenoff said. “Main Street is open, Love Street is open downtown … the influx of cars and reeducating the public to use Main Street will revitalize the shops, restaurants and create more vehicles and pedestrians coming downtown.”
“It’s exciting,” Rosenoff added. “The town does care about our merchants, we’ve worked hand and hand with Summers-Taylor and Tysinger, Hampton & Partners to complete the project early.”
During a called budget work session of the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday, June 18, at Erwin Town Hall, officials announced that the construction is expected to be completed by Friday, June 26.
Tysinger, Hampton & Partners engineering firm has spearheaded the project while construction has been performed by Summers-Taylor, Inc. Workers were busy throughout downtown on Friday, June 18, paving asphalt on Main Avenue from the Union Street intersection to Love Street.
Phase three of revitalization included work from the Main Avenue to Union Street, then up Love Street to Church Street. Work included flood mitigation, moving utilities underground, new sidewalks and a new roadway.
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Near the end of Thursday’s meeting, alderman Gary Chandler informed the board about calls he had received in regards to the section of North Main Avenue near the recently placed red lights where the railroad overpass meets to the road.
City Recorder Glenn Rosenoff said that he, along with Public Works Director Riki Forney and Chief of Police Regan Tilson, talked with Tennessee Department of Transportation engineers the day the overpass opened to address the issue, but that TDOT stated that work is not completed yet, particularly work on drainage. Rosenoff added the TDOT and town officials have punch lists created to help address the issue.
Mayor Hensley added that the official opening for the overpass is tentatively scheduled for early August.