City sprucing up sidewalks

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 28, 1999

Main Street’s sidewalks will be spruced up under a new city project.

City Engineer David Gardner said the project, which has been contracted to R.W. Delaney Construction for $8,808, will replace broken pieces of the curb and sidewalk.

&uot;There’s a lot of curb that’s broken up down there, a spot here and a spot there,&uot; Gardner said. &uot;What we’re going to do is go in and remove those broken areas and replace them.&uot;

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The project, paid for out of a Federal Aid Urban fund the city has been using for street work, has a twofold purpose, Gardner said.

&uot;It makes it safer for the pedestrians walking down the sidewalks, and it makes it aesthetically more pleasing,&uot; he said. &uot;It’s all part of our beautification efforts.&uot;

Construction workers may have to use jackhammers during part of the project, which could last two to four weeks.

&uot;It’ll be a little bit of an inconvenience for a little bit of time,&uot; Gardner said.

Elaine Daniels of Daniels Basketry on Main Street said the improvements could help traffic on the street – and will improve safety.

&uot;Anything that would improve the sidewalks would be a good thing,&uot; she said.

&uot;It’ll be a little inconvenient when they do it, but I think it’s going to be something favorable.&uot;

But Daniels said most customers won’t be deterred by the inconvenience.

&uot;They know the uniqueness of the offerings on this block,&uot; she said.