City to begin downtown sidewalk work in July

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 9:01 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The city hopes to start the first round of downtown sidewalk renovations by July and finish by Aug. 15, the project's engineer revealed Tuesday evening. 

Sidewalks in that group include: 

  • The Sixth Street alley on the east entrance between Broadway and Walnut Street. 
  • The Seventh Street and Locust Street crosswalk on the south side of the intersection. 
  • The Seventh Street east sidewalk spanning south to the alley from Broadway. 

The city hopes to start work on the following sections of sidewalk by July 2014 and finish by Aug. 15, 2014:

  • The Sixth Street and Cherry Street crosswalk on the west side of the intersection. 
  • The Locust Street north sidewalk from Eighth Street to Ninth Street. 
  • The Seventh Street and Elm Street crosswalk on the north side of the intersection.

“The projects are necessary because these sidewalks and crosswalks are in very bad condition and need to be repaired soon,” project engineer Nazmul Hussain said. “These are a necessity.”

Hussain said the projects will remove potholes and make the areas easier to navigate for both traffic and pedestrians. They will also make the sidewalks and crosswalks compliant with ADA regulations.

Hussain said the Community Development Block Grant allocated $120,000 for the 2013 projects and $90,000 for the 2014 projects.

Previously, the Missourian reported the projects would cost $225,600, more than the allocated amount. Hussain said the city is working to reduce the cost of the projects to fit within the allocated amount. 

There is expected to be a formal public hearing on the projects at the end of January. Hussain said he thinks the public will support these projects.

“These will be very much beneficial,” he said. “People will use these sidewalks. That’s the main thing. We will try to fulfill what the public wants.”

Hussain said he hopes final plans for the project will be completed in April but does not expect them to be altered much.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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