By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo residents without cars trying to get to work from the North Green Street area to North Gloster Street will have a safer path to travel.
Thanks to funding from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the city of Tupelo will be able to construct 4,350 feet of sidewalk stretching from Green up Gloster to the Tupelo Commons area.
MDOT provided $362,056 in funding, and Tupelo will contribute $122,694 in required matching funds.
The sidewalk will begin at at the intersection of Green and Madison streets to Gloster and continue north to the intersection of Commonwealth Boulevard at the entry to Tupelo Commons near Best Buy.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. said the project will help people who walk along the high-traffic area.
“This will add the dual value of safety and practicality,” Reed said. “Some people don’t have cars and we recognize that.”
The city also received a $608,120 grant from MDOT to help pave a 1.88-mile stretch of Eason Boulevard from East Main Street to Briar Ridge. Reed said the street has needed paving for years but the length of it has made the work cost prohibitive.
The total paving will cost $793,200, close to the entire $800,000 the city allocates annually for paving. But with the MDOT grant, the city’s share is just $185,080.
The project will slightly widen the roadway, adding two feet, although the number of lanes will not change.
City Planner Pat Falkner said both projects are in line with the city’s comprehensive plan, which calls for improved transportation routes for pedestrians and motorized travel.
No time frame was immediately available on when construction for the projects will begin or how long they’ll last.