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City sidewalk project nearing Phase 2

By Sherry Koonce
Oct. 1, 2012 at 11 p.m.

New sidewalks along Martin Luther King Boulevard are nearly completed, paving the way for the second phase of the city's sidewalk construction project to begin soon.

Longview's $670,000 sidewalk project on the city's south side is part of a larger, $52.6 million street improvement bond approved by voters in May 2011. The next phase will see sidewalks constructed along Birdsong Street.

Construction crews this week are expected to finish the sidewalks on Martin Luther King Boulevard, that extend from Cotton Street to Young Street, said city spokesman Shawn Hara.

The $610,799 project is being completed by RVP Construction of Marshall.

Once the MLK sidewalks are complete, construction will begin on the second phase - along Birdsong Street from Lilly Street to Mobberly Avenue, Hara said.

The project was included in the streets program largely because of the close proximity to Foster Middle School and Hudson PEP Elementary School campuses, Hara said.

Once the south side sidewalk projects are complete, there will be connectivity all the way to downtown, Hara said. Longview's sidewalk project is among 13 street bond projects.

The city is currently in Phase 2 of a $5 million, four-phase project to upgrade oil dirt streets, and is getting ready to start reconstruction this fall on Green Street between Cotton and Whaley streets, to be completed in the summer of 2013.

In the summer of 2014, workers are expected to begin a $5 million reconstruction of Center Street downtown, between Cotton and Whaley streets.

Cotton Street is slated for a $8.565 million reconstruction project from Green Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard that includes sidewalks. The project is expected to begin in the summer of 2015, and be completed by the summer of 2017.

Other street bond projects scheduled for this fiscal year are additional lanes and signal changes at Hawkins Parkway and North Eastman Road; Cotton Street and Eastman Road; Hawkins Parkway and Dundee Road; Hawkins Parkway and McCann Street, Hawkins Parkway and Judson Road, Pine Tree and George Richey roads.



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