Corner and planter work will finish off Streetscape phase

by Trish Rudder

The current phase of Berkeley Springs’ Streetscapes town beautification project — Phase 4A – is close to completion.

The project included West Congress Street from Wilkes to Washington Street and Washington Street from Congress to Independence streets.

Four planters on Washington Street (U.S. 522) between Congress and Independence streets were sloped and needed to be leveled, said Streetscapes committee member Pete Brown.

Rain gardens installed on Congress Street are showing off blooming flowers this week.
photo by Trish Rudder

Trees and shrubs need to be planted before it’s too late in the year to plant, Brown had said.

Streetscapes committee member Rebecca MacLeod said last week the planters have been leveled. The stone veneer needs to be installed to finish the planters, and that should not take long, she said.

Work will also continue towards completion of the last six Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) corners. Two are on Congress Street and four are on Independence Street.

An application for grant funding is in the works for the next Streetscapes project – Phase 4B – that encompasses east Independence Street; Wilkes Street (south of Union Street); North Mercer Street between Fairfax and Union streets to complete street light installations and North Washington Street between Congress and Independence streets on the east side to complete street light installations.