At the close of 2018 Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins said he expected a sidewalk project that would connect the downtown area with the city municipal complex, the city’s two parks and all schools in the city to be completed this year.
Almost three months into the year nothing has been accomplished on the project, but that may be about to change.
Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Bulger said last week she has been told by project engineers the project should be open for bidding in late March or early April.
Early last year the city, via a grant written by Bulger, was approved for $100,000 in funding to complete the bridge tie-ins between Veteran’s and Marcelle Phillips city parks and complete a sidewalk between the parks.
The project also calls for installation of sidewalks along Seventh Street from the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County to McCandless. Included in that portion will be a solar powered crosswalk at Seventh and Highway 23 (Broadway).
The project will also add a sidewalk between Seventh and Eighth on McCandless, thereby connecting the sidewalks that go to Plum Street and connect the high school.
An original grant request had sought lighting for the trail connecting the two parks but that was denied by officials with the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the funding entity for the project.
While completing the aforementioned connection will be the culmination of a decade of planning and or wishing, it may not be the end of sidewalk construction in Booneville.
Bulger said last week she is relatively confident she can write a grant that would install sidewalks along Highway 10 (Main) from Community National Bank to the Walmart Supercenter.
The grant, Bulger said, is a block grant that is different than the one issued by the Highway Department.