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Project to extend sidewalk OK’d

Sep 28, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

Due to popular demand, the Washington City Council voted Tuesday evening to move ahead with a project that would extend the sidewalk on East Washington Street all the way to Wal-Mart.

During a special session, the council instructed city staff to begin looking into hiring an engineer to design the sidewalk and develop updated cost estimates. once completed, the council can consider whether to budget for the project during its fiscal year 2018-19 budget. City administrator Brent Hinson also said the council could consider inserting funding for the project in the city’s proposed 2018 bond issue.

“We had a presentation and a little bit of council discussion on this relatively recently,” Hinson said. “This is something the council had talked about in 2015. We had applied for a grant and did not get the grant. We set aside the project at the time, and now it is 2-1/2 years later.”

The council had set aside money to engineer the project in the city’s sidewalk fund. Hinson said there is about $69,000 for the engineering. He said most of the money would be used to help fund a new trip hazard project.

He said it was always the council’s intent to return to the project. He also said the project had come up several times.

Hinson said the previous estimate for the project was about $90,000 for the project.

Since then, additional studies have been done and the cost is believed to now be about $150,000. He recommended the city hire an engineer to look at the project and provide a better cost estimate.

Reflected in the cost, Hinson said, is a 200 foot retaining wall that would have to be built as part of the project. He also said the sidewalkitself is expected to cost about $40 per square yard.

Hinson also said there were other challenges for the project, including one property on the south side the sidewalk would run through that is not actually in city limits.

He said putting the sidewalk on the south side of East Washington seemed to be the best alternative, but the council could also decide to put the sidewalk on the north side of the road.

Hinson said a north sidewalk would add about 1,000 yards to the project.

He also said even with signal adjustment and crosswalks, this would also present a problem crossing the busy street.

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