Laying groundwork for growth - water lines will serve new business park
Water lines that will become the life-blood for an expansion by the city’s largest employer will start being put in place Monday in north High Point.
Crews will start work Monday evening at Skeet Club and Dilworth roads on what will become a 5-mile extension of a water line to a new business park near Kernersville. The lines will serve the latest expansion by Ralph Lauren Corp., which will build its newest facility in the business park along N.C. 66.
In April, High Point City Council approved a rezoning, annexation and development agreement for the site, which is in Forsyth County. The city will provide water and sewer service to the business park at an estimated cost of about $5 million.
The latest Ralph Lauren project is expected to involve construction of a facility that can accommodate hundreds of new jobs. The company has emerged in recent years as High Point’s largest-single employer, with more than 2,300 workers at five locations in the city. Ralph Lauren’s new operation is expected to open in the fall of next year.
The 12-inch water line extension for the development will start along the right shoulder north on Dilworth Road, then shift left onto Bickford and Payne roads, said Scott Cherry, a city public service civil engineer. Eventually the line will go south along N.C. 66 to the business park site.
“Monday night, we will physically start construction by making the connection to the existing main (line),” Cherry told The High Point Enterprise.
The water line will be completed in two phases by June of next year, Cherry said. The first phase will be completed by the end of this year. The project also will include a sewer line extension.
Cherry said crews will try to limit the disruption to motorists and property owners during the project. But crews will need to close lanes along sections of the roadways as they make progress.
“We will be working on the shoulder, not the road,” he said.
However, the project won’t disrupt weekly garbage and recycling collection for residents and businesses along the route, Cherry told The High Point Enterprise.
“Our contractors will be working with the residents to make sure they have minimal impact on their daily schedule,” he said.
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