By BRAD KELLAR
Work has begun on a project to add miles of new sidewalks near four local schools.
The Safe Routes to Schools initiative is an effort designed to build more than 15 miles of sidewalks and related improvements in Greenville.
“We gave the contractor the notice to proceed on November 1,” said Greenville City Manager Massoud Ebrahim.
In September the Greenville City Council awarded the contract to Highway 19 Construction of Sulphur Springs, to install the sidewalks at Bowie, Carver, Crockett and Lamar elementary schools.
“They have 180 days to complete the project,” Ebrahim said, noting the deadline is set for April 30, 2014. “He has already started the Carver project.”
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.
The improvements are designed to help encourage more children to walk or ride bikes to and from the schools.