Clarksburg WV


Lowndes Hill Improvement Project

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Starting Monday, August 8, 2016, Bear Contracting will begin the renovation project on Lowndes Hill.  The scope of the project runs on South 2nd Street from Elliott Street to Van Buren Street in the Chestnut Hills neighborhood.

There will be continued delays in traffic throughout the entire project.  For the most part, there will be one lane of traffic available.  However, some evenings and night work will require total closure of both lanes of traffic.

The project is funded by the recently passed Home Rule 1% Sales & Use Tax and is expected to be completed by late October 2016. City Council awarded the contract on May 18, 2016 to Bear Contracting for $748,819.

The USDA Bond Pre-Closing in the amount of $1,616,033 for the Lowndes Hill and Sycamore Street Infrastructure Projects took place today, Thursday, May 26th 2016 in the City Manager’s Conference Room.  See our previous story HERE


Update 8/19/16:

Bear contracting has begun repairs to existing retaining walls on the northern portion of the project.  Traffic signals have been installed for traffic control. 

The Lowndes Hill Improvement project was approved by City Council on May 18, 2016 and is being funded by the recently passed Home Rule 1% Sales and Use Tax. 

Construction began August 8, 2016 and has an estimated completion of October 2016.


Lowndes Hill Roadway Update 10/7/16:

Lowndes Hill – 2nd St. to Van Buren will be closed to through traffic, only YMCA traffic will be allowed.  Please observe the following to access the YMCA.

The Contractor will be closing 2nd Street from Elliot St. to the exit for the YMCA in the sharp turn.  There will be temporary traffic lights at the top of the road where it goes into the Y parking lot, and one at the bottom where it connects to Van Buren.  This will allow 2-way traffic to enter and exit the YMCA while the entrance road is closed.   Message boards are in place to direct traffic to enter the Y from the Van Buren St. side for this first phase.  Once the contractor has completed the first phase, this portion of roadway will be opened to traffic, and then the contractor will close Van Buren from the end of the project area in Chestnut Hills to the exit for the YMCA. The message boards will be changed to direct traffic to the YMCA via 2nd Street from Downtown.  Final paving of the area is anticipated on or around the week of 10/24/16.

Notices will be sent out as quick as possible if anything changes.


 Lowndes Hill Update 10/24/16:

Bear Contracting has begun a full depth pavement replacement.  The road closures on South 2nd Street and Van Buren Street will be completed in three (3) phases.

First closure:  from Elliott Street to the YMCA entrance

Second closure:  entrance of the YMCA to the exit of the YMCA

Third and final closure: Van Buren Street from the exit of the YMCA to the end of the project area

Message boards and traffic control are in place.  Once the full depth replacement has been completed, Bear Contracting will begin to mill the remaining concrete sections and provide a full width asphalt overlay.


 Lowndes Hill Update 10/25/16:

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Bear Construction contractors continue to make headway in preparation for the new resurfacing of the roadway.

Lowndes Hill Update 10/31/16:

Lowndes Hill is now closed from Elliot Street to the exit road from the YMCA.  Please utilize Van Buren Street for all YMCA use.

Lowndes Hill Update 11/29/2016

Bear Contracting has completed the traffic switch and has now closed Van Buren St.  South 2nd Street is now open for vehicular traffic, as well as both the entrance and exit roads for the YMCA.  Both entrance and exit roads to and from the YMCA are open.  Van Buren is closed at the bottom of the exit road, requiring all exiting traffic to follow South 2nd St. back towards Main St. (Downtown).  The Message Boards have been changed to reflect the new traffic patterns.

Bear Contracting, as well as the YMCA and the City of Clarksburg thanks the general public and patrons of the YMCA for everyone’s patience and cooperation in the completion of this project.

Lowndes Hill Update 12/15/2016

Lowndes Hill - 2nd St./Van Buren Road to Re-Open Thursday, December 15 at 8am for Traffic

The paving for the Van Buren side of the Lowndes Hill Project was completed Tuesday evening.  Bear Contracting has been working diligently to complete this project.  They will be demobilizing equipment as well as cleaning up the project and staging area today through tomorrow. Upon completing the clean up the Van Buren side of the project will be opened to traffic.