I know everyone has missed my blog entries – seriously I know that is not the case.

However, summer vacation is over and it is time to start my entries again. What better way to begin than a week in review.

Webb Street/Turner Street Improvement Project – Public Works crews have made significant progress over the last few weeks and are on track to have the intersection completely open to vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic before the return of the students for fall semester. Crews are finishing up the concrete work on the Webb Street side and should have the stone course and asphalt road base completed next week. Work in the median of Price’s Fork Road to provide a shared pedestrian and bicycle crossing will occur next week and will require the closure of the inside lanes of traffic in both directions. The street repaving contractor is scheduled to perform pavement edge milling and the final pavement overlay within the limits of this project during the week of August 9th allowing the reopening of Webb Street by August 13th. Landscaping the new islands and the installation of a new pedestrian railing along the creek side of Webb Street are also projected to be completed by August 13th .

Lee Street Sidewalk Construction – Construction began this week on a sidewalk in the 100 block of Lee street along the Tech Book Store property. The project is being constructed by the public works department crews. When the work is completed the 100 block of Lee street located between Kent Square and Tech Book Store will have public sidewalk on both sides of the street.

Turner Street Sidewalk Construction – Sidewalk construction is continuing between the 300 and 1000 blocks of Turner street.

Washington and Main Traffic Lights Project – Signal posts and light heads were erected this week at the intersection of Washington Street and Main, the project is approximately 80 % completed.

Articulated Buses Have Arrived – Blacksburg Transit received two hybrid electric drive articulated buses on Tuesday. These 60’ vehicles have a total passenger capacity of 57 seated and approximately 100 standing (a 35’ bus seats 33 with a total capacity of 70 standing).

Steppin Out is this weekend – as I am sure everyone knows. Come out to celebrate 30 years of community fun. It is a good way to say good bye to summer and visit with friends you have not seen all year.