“I think this is very much needed,” Councilman Jay Jenkins said, adding that it is a safety issue.
Jenkins said he has seen people walking down 19th Street, and it is not safe without a sidewalk.
City Manager Patrick Draper said the construction of the sidewalk could begin sometime next year.
Draper said an Alabama Department of Transportation grant in the amount of $300,000 will pay for most of the work. The city will have to match the grant with $67,000 of the city’s own money.
The city actually received approval for the grant in 2008, but officials never followed through with the project because of the downturn in the economy and limited funds.
City officials also changed the scope of the project.
The new sidewalk project will extend from Duran South Junior High School to the Boys and Girls Club along 19th Street.
“I think this is a better plan,” Council President James McGowan said. “I do think we need to come up with the funds to do this.”
This week the council agreed to accept an Alabama Department of Transportation grant to help pay for the project.
City officials said the new sidewalk will connect Duran South Junior High School, churches, the 19th Street Community Center, Rec Hall, and the Boys and Girls Club for pedestrians.
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