Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins has signed the contract through which the completion of the bridge work connecting Veteran’s and Marcelle Phillips City parks, along with the pouring of sidewalks to connect the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County to the junior high school.
The total cost of the project is $165,000. The cost to the city is just under $30,000 for the project, for which 80 percent of the funding is derived from an Arkansas Department of Transportation grant.
In addition to finishing the tie-ins for the bridges, which has become a safety issue, the project will also complete the connecting trail, which was originally envisioned as part of a disc golf course which would span both parks.
Cages for the courses have been installed, but they are unpainted and rough. Because the course is also unmarked, there is no true way to know which hole is which as yet.
The sidewalk portion of the project will consist of the one block from Eighth and McCandless to Seventh and McCandless, then run from Seventh and McCandless to the Boys & Girls Club at Seventh and Kennedy. Included will be a pedestrian crossing beacon, which Wilkins said will be solar powered, at Highway 23.
The city received approval for the plan in April after the original purpose of the grant application was no longer applicable and after that proposal was revised.
Originally, the plan was to pay for the bridges to connect a walking trail between Veteran’s and Marcelle Phillips parks, but the bridges were installed prior to the Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Featherston learning the grant was approved.
A revision of the plan sought to add lighting to the connecting section of the trail but that was rejected by the Highway Department.