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Kershaw signs contract for Streetscape III

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By Johnathan Ryan

KERSHAW - The town of Kershaw and Henley Construction of Camden signed contracts on Thursday to have work start on the town's third Streetscape project later next month.

Work is set to start by Feb. 25, and the project will take place between Richland and Church streets on Hampton Street, also considered Main Street by the town. It should be completed by July.

Differing from prior Streetscape projects, this project will not include a decorative median in the two-lane street, said Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes. No repaving will be done.

There will be curb and gutter work, angled parking spaces, decorative streetlights, new sidewalks and landscaping, just like in prior projects, Starnes said.

Henley Construction was the low bidder at $196,000, but it was not the clear choice for the town, due to the delays of Streetscape II, which Henley supervised. Kershaw officials wanted to create a contract that included provisions ensuring that the same problems wouldn't happen again.

Firm will rely less on sub-contractors

After a meeting between the town and Henley on Thursday, Starnes said Henley indicated that more of its own staff will work the project, instead of relying as much on sub-contractors, as it had in Streetscape II.

"This time they will be using their own people," he said, although the landscaping will still be sourced out.

Starnes is optimistic that both parties have signed a contract that will result in a satisfactory project completed on time.

"We're satisfied," he said.

Even when work on Streetscape II was completed, the town had to call Henley back for repairs, particularly on the new crosswalks, Starnes said.

Henley senior project manager Bill West said Thursday that there were sub-contractor problems during Streetscape II.

Streetscape III will be closely watched, he said, and all work except for the landscaping will be done by Henley .

The town will get to choose the landscapers, West said.

Streetscape III will mark the start of the end for the projects along the northern part of Hampton Street. Starnes said the town would like to go one block farther north with improvements and then start on the southern part of the street, in front of where the new town hall will be built.

Contact Johnathan Ryan at 416-8416 or jryan@thelancasternews.com