By BRAD KELLAR
Students going back to school after the first of the year at one local campus may be taking advantage of new sidewalks installed this fall.
Greenville City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said the work on the sidewalks and driveway approaches at Carver Elementary School was about 60 percent complete as of December 19.
“The contractor is about a week behind schedule due to weather delays,” Ebrahim said, regarding the effort to install miles of new sidewalks at four local elementary schools.
Ebrahim said the contractor, Highway 19 Construction of Sulphur Springs, was given notice to proceed on November 1 and has 180 consecutive working days — or until April 30, 2014 — to complete the project.
“Crockett School is next on the schedule,” Ebrahim said.
The Safe Routes to Schools initiative is an effort designed to build more than 15 miles of sidewalks and related improvements in Greenville.
In September the Greenville City Council awarded the contract to install the sidewalks at Bowie, Carver, Crockett and Lamar elementary schools.
The City of Greenville received a $1.87 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure program.
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.