By BRAD KELLAR
Details will be released next week on a plan to build more than 15 miles of new sidewalks in Greenville, to provide a safer way for students to get to and from four local elementary schools.
The City of Greenville is hosting a Public Involvement Meeting to discuss the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center.
During the summer of 2010, the Greenville City Council entered into an advance funding agreement the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant, after the city was notified that four projects were selected for the program, with more than $1.87 million in 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.
City officials are encouraging anyone living near the campuses, or who may have students attending the schools, to participate in the next week’s meeting.
Anyone wanting additional information about the project or next week’s meeting can contact the office of Public Works at 903-457-3135.