Old Salem streetscape

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Tree Replacement
Main Street, from Bank Street to West Street
Beginning the Week of November 5, 2018

In an effort to keep our urban tree canopy healthy and vibrant for generations to come, a carefully selected number of trees along Main Street from West Street, north to Bank Street will be removed and replaced based upon their health, and the alignment of their root systems.  Those selected trees, will be marked with an orange "X" prior to removal.  For more information  please direct all questions to Deputy Director of Transportation, Jeffrey Fansler (Office Phone: 336-747-6883; Email: jeffreygf@cityofws.org)

Project Updates

During the week of November 5, 2018, sidewalk installation will continue on South Main Street, in the area south of Race Street.

Street Lighting Infrastructure: 
The week of October 22, 2018, electrical conduit and a hand-hold box will be installed on Walnut Street, south west of Main Street.

Tree replacement along Main Street from Bank Street to West Street will begin the week of November 5, 2018.  Those selected trees, will be marked with an orange "X" prior to removal.

Reference Number  Trunk Diameter Common Name  Location Description
 M64 2 inches Oak  In front of 500 Main St.
 M65 38 inches Oak  In front of white picket fence;
about 50 feet south of M64
 M66  28 inches  Maple Between 508 Main St. and
516 Main St.  
 M35 16 inches Sycamore Northern most tree in front
of 531 Main St.
 M20 16 inches Maple Second tree south of Blum St.
next to the Zevely Inn

Asphalt base paving work will continue at the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Street during the week of November 5, 2018 as part of the storm water pipe installation.

The first phase of the water line work began the week of June 18, 2018. Excavation and replacement of the water lines began on Main Street (south of Walnut Street).  Work on Church Street between Race Street and East Walnut Street continues during the week of November 5, closing this section of Church Street to traffic until further notice.  During the week of November 5, 2018 sewer bursting work continues on Blum Street and Race Street.

For more information on current work site locations, closures, and detours, please reference the "Map of Project Elements" near the bottom of the page.


View street section closure schedule chart [pdf/1p]
Look for closure dates under the "Project Updates" section.

View the project element locations undergoing improvements during Phase 1 [pdf/1p]
Old Salem Rehabilitation Phase 1: June 2018 to January 2020

Project Elements

Construction of infrastructure improvements for the first phase of this project, which has been contracted with Ramey, Inc. started April 2, 2018. This project is proposed to reduce the potential for injury due to uneven and broken sidewalks, re-establish tree canopies, improve street lighting and maintain consistency with historic preservation requirements. Excavation plays a large role in this project.  Therefore, the City has contracted an archaeologist to ensure that any cultural artifacts of significance unearthed during process are properly cataloged and preserved.

On April 3, 2018 city Council Member John Larson and city staff presented details on the first phase of the rehabilitation at the Old Salem Visitors Center. View Old Salem Infrastructure Improvements presentation [pdf/12mb/23p].

Phase 1 of the work includes replacement of or improvements to the following elements:


This project includes removal and replacement or repair of broken and buckled sidewalks in the Phase 1 area with salvaged brick or with new brick, as needed. A temporary pebble-stone sidewalk material will be installed over the large tree roots at some existing trees to remain to minimize tripping hazards.

Street Lighting Infrastructure

Existing streetlights are broken, difficult to maintain, and complicated to replace. This project includes replacement of the electrical ductbank and streetlight bases in the Phase 1 area in preparation of new lampposts and fixtures in Phase 2.


This project includes removing and replacing damaged and missing trees in the Phase 1 area. The proposed tree removals and replacements are as approved by the City's arborist and the Historic Resources Commission. A total of 32 near-dead trees will be removed and 57 new trees installed. Tree types are consistent with HRC guidelines and include maples, oaks, black gum, sourwood, hackberry and American (Princeton) elms. New trees will be installed with structural soil tree pits to foster tree root growth. Citizens may expect the near dead trees to be removed in the near future and new trees to be installed in stages as the work progresses.

View tree save schedule [pdf]


Existing storm drains are severely deteriorated. This project includes removing and replacing storm drains under roadways and catch basins throughout Old Salem (both Phase 1 and Phase 2). This work will be performed within the streets and sidewalks.


Existing water and sewer lines are aged and deteriorated. This project includes removing and replacing all water and sewer lines under roadways. Water service lines will be replaced from the water main to the meter box at each property throughout Old Salem (both Phase 1 and Phase 2). Sewer service lines will be replaced from the sewer main to the cleanout in the sidewalk at each property throughout Old Salem (both Phase 1 and Phase 2). This work will be performed within the streets and sidewalks.

Current Work Area

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I expect work to be done around my residence?

The contractor has developed a work schedule. Please refer to the timeline section of the website for information regarding work schedule and location. The progress map will also show a top view of the work locations as the contractor progresses along.

What are the different color markings on the ground?

The contractor is currently conducting survey work. Locating services provide marks on the ground that indicate where underground utility lines are. It is important to properly survey a construction site to identify where underground utilities are so they can be avoided.

How will the construction affect traffic patterns?

The contractor is responsible for managing adequate traffic flow throughout Old Salem. All road closures will have clearly indicated detour routes and adequate detour signage. All road closures will be called out in the project updates section of the website in advance.


For more information on this project, contact Jeffrey Fansler, Acting Deputy Director of Transportation, at .

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