Sidewalk construction plan approved

Jun 5, 2013

City of Greenville officials have received the thumbs up from the Texas Department of Transportation on a plan to build miles of new sidewalks in the city.

“I just received instruction from TxDOT, 5:18 p.m. today, to proceed with advertisement of this project,” Interim City Manager/Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim said Tuesday evening referring to the Safe Routes to Schools initiative, an effort is designed to build more than 15 miles of new sidewalks in Greenville.

In March, Ebrahim sent engineering designs for the project to TxDOT in Austin for a final review and approval.

Now that the state agency has signed off on the project, the city will begin seeking bids from firms interested in doing the work.

An advertisement is expected to appear soon in the pages of the Herald-Banner.

The City of Greenville received a $1.87 million grant from TxDOT for the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure program, with the grant funding going to pay for the work at Bowie, Carver, Crockett and Lamar elementary schools.

The project is expected to provide approximately 80,000 linear feet (15.15 miles) of new sidewalks, repairs to existing sidewalks, curb cuts for ramps, the construction of curbs and gutters, crossings, traffic control devices and drainage.

The improvements are designed to help encourage more children to walk or ride bikes to and from the schools.