By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
MT. JACKSON -- More sidewalks may line Main Street in town next year, thanks to a federal grant.
The $500,000 project calls for Mt. Jackson to build decorative sidewalk closer to the center of town on U.S. 11, according to Assistant Town Manager Clark Draper.
The decorative sidewalk would span from the north end of the town near the Sav-A-Lot grocery store, 5836 Main St., south to the mill, Draper explained Thursday. Regular sidewalks will be built on the ends of the decorative section, he said. Sidewalks will be built on one side of the street.
The application also calls for the sidewalks to connect with two truck stops along U.S. 11 to give tractor-trailer drivers a way to walk to the nearby stores, Draper said.
Draper explained that Mt. Jackson applied for a grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency likely will announce the award to the town in June. Money from the grant would be available in the next federal fiscal year which begins Oct. 1. Draper said the town expects to hear by June 1 whether they received the grant.
The grant requires the town provide a 20 percent match, or $100,000.
Once the town receives the grant and appropriates the money, officials would need to develop the plans and then advertise for bids to construct the project, according to Draper.
Work on the sidewalks likely won't begin until 2013, possibly in the spring.
The town's capital improvements project lists also includes replacement of water lines along U.S. 11. The fiscal 2013 budget does not include funding for the project, which focuses on replacing older water lines from a trailer home park toward downtown.
However, town employees had to patch a leak in a new section of the water line near the junction with the older pipes, according to Draper.
The water line replacement has been discussed and remains on the list of needs but Town Council did not fund the project in the fiscal 2013 budget, Draper explained. The town may try to include the project in the following budget cycle.