Fair Street Update

June 15, 2017

Sikes Brothers Construction has mobilized construction equipment and material to Baxley and the Fair Street project. They have arranged to use a parcel of property at the intersection of Kent Street and Fair Street as their material storage area.

Sikes Brothers Construction will begin construction on the sanitary sewer throughout the project area this week and continue in the following weeks. They have started with some preliminary layout work as well as cutting the street in preparation for excavation. The next stage in this process will be installing new sanitary sewer manholes followed by localized point repairs on the existing sanitary sewer mains designated by the engineer. The excavation is set to begin on June 19, 2017. This process will impact traffic conditions to the extent of periodic stops or delays and redirecting traffic around the work using just one lane, or possible use of connecting streets to detour around the work if necessary. You can expect to see localized areas of dirt piles and at times deep holes in the street prior to installing the manholes or spot repairing the sewer main. After the installation or repair is complete, the areas will be back-filled with dirt and/or clay and gravel. These areas will remain in this condition for most of the duration of the project, until the street is ready to be resurfaced. Expect there to be some bumps or unevenness, however the construction crew is required to maintain these areas to keep them in suitable, safe travel condition.

Once the point repairs are complete, the sanitary sewer work will move into the CIPP (Cured in Place Pipe) or lining process that will be explained and updated prior to the work beginning. Sikes Brothers Construction will then move to the water system and storm water drainage system work. Details on the processes and its impact on the residents and traffic conditions will be updated prior to beginning the work.
Again, the City of Baxley, the Engineer, and the construction workers asks for your cooperation and patience throughout this process. Together we will try to minimize the inconvenience within our control.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to give us a call at City Hall, 912-367-8300.

April 6, 2017

The City of Baxley held a well-attended informational meeting on March 21st concerning the upcoming Fair Street project which includes street and sidewalks, storm drainage, and water/sewer improvements. The Mayor and Council along with the City Manager and other City staff were in attendance. Also attending was Carl Hofstadter and John Fry of Hofstadter and Associates (City Civil Engineers), Jay and Karl Owens with Sikes Brothers (Contractor), and many residents/property owners and interested citizens.

 Both the Engineers and the Contractor talked about the project and how it would unfold, as well as answered many questions from those in attendance. The notice to proceed date given to the Contractor was March 27th, 2017, and is a nine month (270 days) contract. In the initial couple of months it was noted that you will not see a lot of heavy construction, but will see a lot of surveying/markings and camera equipment that will actually video and assess the condition of the underground utilities. As discussed, once construction begins, Fair Street will be closed to through traffic and will be one way only, while maintaining safe travel for residents and businesses alike. It was emphasized that this would be a very long and disruptive project involving a lot of excavation with very large equipment and that SAFETY for workers, residents and those that must travel along this corridor will be paramount. Over 90% of this project is being funded by SPLOST revenues already collected. The contract amount was $1,915,490.65. 

If anyone has any questions about the project whether now or later, please contact City Manager Jeff Baxley at City Hall at 912-367-8300 or 912-240-7098 (cell), or email him at jbaxley@atc.cc . Additional updates will follow as the project progresses. The City of Baxley thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding.