Black Top Spread on the Square Brings Hope to Travelers, Businesses


Barricades still block the intersection. Check back for updates when the roadway is open!

May 22, 2020 - It's a hopeful scene on the square as construction crews have spread black top from the corner of San Augustine and Austin Streets and in the direction of the inside of the square. Opening up even just the corner of San Augustine Street and Austin Street would eliminate some of the zigzagging drivers have had to do to get to the other side.

With the paving, it is much easier to visualize the square's new transformation.

It's been rough on businesses since last year who were on dead end streets after construction began with many shoppers unwilling to navigate the chaos. Then COVID-19 struck causing even more financial woes.

Once the corner of San Augustine and Austin Street fully open up, spread the word to all around and encourage shoppers to come say "hello" once again to downtown merchants. They have missed you and need your support!

Shelby County Today will update this article once the corner is open to travelers. It is getting close!


Crews working on Austin Street laying pavement.


Crews working Friday on Austin Street rolling out the new pavement.


Work crews making progess with laying black top.