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Longview sidewalk construction nears end, more bond projects to begin

By Mike Elswick
Jan. 7, 2013 at 10 p.m.

The completion of sidewalks in South Longview will bring the city closer to the fulfillment of a $52.6 million bond package approved by voters in 2011, while clearing the path for other work to begin across the city.

City officials said Monday the $610,799 project along Martin Luther King Boulevard and Birdsong Street should be finished later this month by contractor RVP Construction of Marshall.

"The contractor has about 2,000 linear feet of sidewalks and driveways left with about 19,000 linear feet already installed," said Shawn Hara, city spokesman.

The project - along with earlier construction of sidewalks along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard - is included in the streets program because of the close proximity to the Foster Middle School and Hudson PEP Elementary School campuses, Hara said.

Another continuing project financed by the bond issue is deepening Green Street at the so-called truck-eating railroad underpass between Tyler and Cotton streets downtown. Numerous trucks and trailers have hit the overpass or become stuck underneath it.

As work continues, Green Street is to remain closed until early May, from the north side of the Tyler Street intersection to the south side of the Cotton Street intersection.

East/west traffic on Cotton Street has also been reduced to one lane in each direction during the Green Street project.

Other work spawned by the bond issue will continue into 2017, according to city plans. Some of the 13 major projects included are:

A $5 million reconstruction of Center Street, between Cotton and Whaley streets downtown, is to begin during sumnmer 2014.

Cotton Street is slated for a $8.56 million reconstruction project from Green Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard, including sidewalks. The project is expected to begin in the summer of 2015 and be completed by the summer of 2017.

Additional lanes and signal changes are planned for 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; and Pine Tree and George Richey roads.



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