Sidewalk work along Meridian Street as part of a new bus terminal project | Local News

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ANDERSON – As part of the construction of the new bus terminal in downtown Anderson, the city is installing new sidewalks along part of Meridian Street.

The new sidewalks were included in the $ 8.5 million project for the Anderson City Transit System (CATS) terminal at the northeast corner of 13th and Jackson streets.

New sidewalks are being installed on Meridian Street between 12th and 13th Street and on the north side of 13th Street between Meridian and Jackson Street.

David Eicks, chairman of the Anderson Public Works Board, said the new sidewalks will have a stamped brick pattern that will match work previously done in downtown Dickmann.

“The funding came from the federal grant,” Eicks said. “We wanted to expand the appearance of the city center all around. This stamped brick pattern will be extended as the sidewalks are replaced. “

Prior to the installation of the new sidewalks, Eicks said, city officials met with area business owners about replacing utility lines while sidewalk work was completed.

“We won’t have to go back and cut concrete in the future to replace utility lines,” Eicks said. “It will save business owners money. “

Eicks said concrete work around the new bus terminal begins this week.

He said the city is in talks with a potential tenant to move into the CATS terminal.

“It should open by the end of the year,” Eicks said of the bus station. “It all depends on the delivery of the furniture.

Architect Mike Montgomery said the sidewalk work was added to the project as part of a grant from the Federal Transportation Administration.

He said the project cost $ 165,000, with the federal grant paying 80% of the cost.

“The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year,” Montgomery said. “Interior work has been completed and work has started for commissioning internal systems as part of Gold certification via LEED designation. “

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

“They are working to complete the exterior work,” Montgomery said.

The Anderson Town Transit System Terminal will be located on the north side of the first floor, with a loading and unloading area to the east.

The remaining space of the first floor and the second and third floors will be available for rent to developers.

Jackson Street from 13th to 14th Street will be reduced to two lanes, with the current right lane being changed for parking in front of the terminal.

Thirteenth Street will be closed to traffic between Jackson and Meridian streets, and the driveway west of downtown Dickmann will be converted to two-way traffic.

The project is estimated at 8.5 million dollars. The city received a grant of $ 6.3 million and $ 1.5 million from the Anderson Redevelopment Commission to help fund the project.

The transit center includes geothermal geothermal technology, highly efficient renewable energy technology for heating and cooling.

Solar panels have been installed on the building to help reduce the cost of electricity.

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