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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Downtown Transit Center reopens

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –  Clarksville Transit System has reopened its downtown Transit Center on Legion Street after an eight-month renovation project was completed last week.

Paul Nelson, Clarksville Transit System Director, said CTS will host a reopening celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. CTS officials will be on hand to greet the public, offer snacks and soft drinks and CTS merchandise.

The Transit Center project improved the look, comfort and functionality of the building and surrounding area. The work included a new roof, and new paint, wallpaper and flooring inside the building. Outside, the bus terminal got new paving, sidewalk repairs, additional ramps and seating, and new landscaping.

Related work on the Transit Center Parking Garage -- including concrete repair, reinforcement of steel beams, tuck pointing, and brick and lintel replacement -- was completed in October.

The overall project cost $1.2 million and was funded primarily through grants, with 90% coming from Federal and State sources, and 10% from the City.

Transit Center work began April 22, and the contract close-out date was Dec. 2. During construction, the ticket office was moved across the street to the Downtown Commons, and passengers accessed buses on Legion Street. 

Here are the major elements of the Transit Center renovation:

  • The clock tower was repaired and sealed against water intrusion and the clock was replaced. Water-damaged wood was replaced.

  • The concrete sidewalks and stairs surrounding and adjacent to the structure were repaired and coated.

  • Old planters were removed and replaced with smaller planters and lightweight seating areas, and proper drainage was added.

  • ADA-compliant ramps were improved and the sidewalk was widened.

  • The topping on the bus driveway, which was crumbling and peeling, was removed. Below the driveway, 700-plus square feet of delaminated concrete was removed and repaired. The new traffic topping will limit water intrusion.

  • Inside the building, areas of water-damaged walls and ceilings were repaired; torn and tattered wallpaper was removed and replaced, and protective wainscoting was added. New LED lights were installed, and the flooring was replaced.

 CTS had hoped contractors would complete the renovations by Oct. 1,  but the project was delayed when it was discovered that the weight on the Transit Center structure may be excessive. 

The project initially called for replacing paving materials pound for pound, but the design was changed to reduce the weight by replacing poured-in-place concrete with block, and eliminating dirt and rock fill by using light-weight geo foam and other lighter materials. Extra time was needed to make the weight-related design decisions and changes, but otherwise the project remained on schedule.

The renovated Transit Center has a new, wider walkway and newly paved bus lanes.

Inside, the Transit Center has new seating, new flooring and lighting, and a fresh new look.


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