The City of Baxley held a well-attended informational meeting on March 21st concerning the upcoming Fair Street project which includes street and sidewalks, storm drainage, and water/sewer improvements. The Mayor and Council along with the City Manager and other City staff were in attendance. Also attending was Carl Hofstadter and John Fry of Hofstadter and Associates (City Civil Engineers), Jay and Karl Owens with Sikes Brothers (Contractor), and many residents/property owners and interested citizens. Both the Engineers and the Contractor talked about the project and how it would unfold, as well as answered many questions from those in attendance. The notice to proceed date given to the Contractor was March 27th, 2017, and is a nine month (270 days) contract. In the initial couple of months it was noted that you will not see a lot of heavy construction, but will see a lot of surveying/markings and camera equipment that will actually video and assess the condition of the underground utilities. As discussed, once construction begins, Fair Street will be closed to through traffic and will be one way only, while maintaining safe travel for residents and businesses alike. It was emphasized that this would be a very long and disruptive project involving a lot of excavation with very large equipment and that SAFETY for workers, residents and those that must travel along this corridor will be paramount. Over 90% of this project is being funded by SPLOST revenues already collected. The contract amount was $1,915,490.65. If anyone has any questions about the project whether now or later, please contact City Manager Jeff Baxley at City Hall at 912-367-8300 or 912-240-7098 (cell), or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Additional updates will follow as the project progresses. The City of Baxley thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding.