By Ryan Cornell
Mount Jackson is moving forward on a project that would add new sidewalks to the northern and southern ends of town.
The project, which began in 2011, is funded by a $500,000 grant, 80 percent of which is awarded by state and federal governments.
Plans for the sidewalks were submitted to the Virginia Department of Transportation in May. The sidewalks would be constructed out of concrete.
At a meeting last week, members of the council's public properties and facilities committee were updated on the progress of the project and reviewed comments from VDOT regarding its design, Town Manager Kevin Fauber said. Committee members also prioritized which areas would be selected.
Fauber said a sidewalk would cover the eastern side of Main Street from Apple Street north of the Food Lion shopping center to an area near the future Holtzman Corporation headquarters, as well as the western side of Main Street along Our Soldiers Cemetery. These areas were the "first priority," he said.
The "number two priority" would be the strip along the eastern side of Main Street from Painter Street to Jackson Street.
"I think Mayor [Joseph] Williams, who passed away about a year ago, this was a vision he had for the town, to create more sidewalks so people could walk and get to the downtown area and get to the Food Lion shopping center," Fauber said. "So this was a vision he kind of started before he passed away last year."
Fauber said the duration of construction is weather dependent, but envisions the project "moving into next year."
"We think we're pretty close to VDOT approval, so we hope to put it out to bid in the next 30 days," he said.
He added there's a strong possibility of the town applying for additional funding to construct new sidewalks along Conicville Boulevard by the Sheetz truck stop and the Burger King and Denny's restaurants.
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