State transportation grants bolster Corinth street improvements

Suggested hed: State transportation grants bolster Corinth street improvements

By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Corinth has acquired a couple of new grants to enhance traffic flow at a problem intersection and make sidewalk improvements to accommodate disabled people.

A Statewide Transportation Improvement Program grant of more than $160,000, combined with about a $23,000 fund balance from a similar grant award will be used to improve signalization and turn lanes at the Harper Road/Proper Street intersection.

The city board approved community planning and development director Dave Huwe’s recommendation to use the funds for the project which was termed a high priority by city officials in the previous administration. Local matching funds of $17,235 will be provided through design work for the project.

The project will include milling at the intersection and installation of traffic lights attached to a fixed-arm structure over the intersection.

“It has been a safety issue,” Huwe said, and work likely will begin later this year.

Corinth’s Historic Downtown is the recipient of a $236,000 grant to replace sidewalks and curbs on several different blocks with handicap-accessible designs.

“The law requires that when you rebuild a street as we did with several streets downtown last year, you must build by (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards,” Huwe said, “so we must go back and rework those sidewalks.”

The time required for processing and approval of plans through MDOT likely will delay work until some time in 2008, he said.

Contact Daily Journal reporter Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com