By BRAD KELLAR
A project to add miles of new sidewalks near four local schools will soon be getting underway.
The Greenville City Council is scheduled Tuesday to award bids for work under the Safe Routes to School initiative, an effort designed to build more than 15 miles of sidewalks and related improvements.
A Hopkins County firm is in line to receive the contracts to install the sidewalks at Bowie, Carver, Crockett and Lamar elementary schools.
The council intends to award the bids to Highway 19 Construction of Sulphur Springs during Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The City of Greenville received a $1.87 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) 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.
In a memo to the Council, City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said the city and TxDOT agreed on the choice of the contractor.
“The City has been diligently working with TxDOT to design, advertise, negotiate and select, with TxDOT’s approval, the contractor for this project and the base bid plus any alternates that would provide the most prudent use of construction funds available,” Ebrahim said.
Highway 19 was said to be the lowest responsible bidder on each of the four projects.
The improvements are designed to help encourage more children to walk or ride bikes to and from the schools.