By BRAD KELLAR
A project to build miles of new sidewalks in Greenville could go out for bid later this spring.
During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim touched on the progress of the Safe Routes to Schools initiative, an effort is designed to build more than 15 miles of new sidewalks in Greenville.
Ebrahim said he recently had sent engineering designs for the project to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in Austin for a final review and approval.
“We are hoping to hear back from them in about a month or so,” Ebrahim said.
Once the state agency signs off on the project, the city will advertise for bids from firms interested in doing the work.
The City of Greenville received a $1.87 million grant from TxDOT for the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant, 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. It is believed the improvements will result in more children walking and bicycling to and from the schools.
Some residents of the neighborhoods where the sidewalks will be constructed have objected to the project, amid concerns the sidewalks might promote crime in the community or damage trees which line the streets in front of their homes.
Anyone wanting additional information about the project can contact the office of Public Works at 903-457-3135.