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Contractor lowers 'speed bump' crosswalks

Crews with John Ross Landscaping took up and lowered crosswalks on Main Street and avenues from Fourth to First streets on Tuesday. Crews with John Ross Landscaping took up and lowered crosswalks on Main Street and avenues from Fourth to First streets on Tuesday.

Crews on Tuesday took up the unintentional brick speed bumps on Main Street and replaced them with crosswalks at grade.

 The new crosswalks, part of Hendersonville's third phase of Main Street improvements, had the effect of "traffic calming" speed bumps, although reducing speed was not intentional. Crews completed the work before sundown on Tuesday.
In an email to city shopkeepers and downtown property owners last week, city engineer Brent Detwiler said that the city planned to close Main Street for an extra day after the Apple Festival "so that several of the brick crosswalks can be reset."
Three more new crosswalks from Allen to First streets will be completed this month, he said. The remaining work on the north end of Main Street — curb and gutter, paving, electrical work and landscaping of the 700 block — will be completed this month, Detwiler said. Crews will add ground cover and perennials to ground-level planters in the 500, 600 and 700 blocks, he added.