By BRAD KELLAR
As 2012 comes to a close, a project to build miles of new sidewalks in Greenville is expected to be one step closer to getting under way.
Massoud Ebrahim, director of public works for Greenville, said he hopes to begin construction within the next year.
Final engineering plans for the Safe Routes To Schools project are due Monday in the office of City of Greenville Public Works Director Massoud Ebrahim, who has said he hopes to begin construction on during the first quarter of 2013.
The effort is designed to build more than 15 miles of new sidewalks in Greenville.
The City of Greenville received a $1.87 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (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.
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.
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.