NEW: City To Add Additional Sidewalks On East Market Street
Harrisonburg plans to begin construction on new sidewalks along East Market Street.
Bids for the project were opened in January and the contract was awarded to Toro Concrete, Inc.
Mary-Hope Vass, the city's public information officer, said the project will include the construction of a 5-foot wide sidewalk with a 2-foot wide grass strip on the south side of East Market Street, between Carlton Street and just north of Hawkins Street.
The city will also install pedestrian signals at the intersections of East Market and Carlton streets and East Market and Hawkins/Vine streets.
The project will install sidewalks where currently none exist. The addition will connect existing pedestrian infrastructure.
City officials say East Market Street, a large commercial corridor, is the second most heavily traveled vehicular road in the city with a lot of pedestrian traffic.
Vass said the project was identified as a need by residents working on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which was adopted in July 2010.
She said the $334,178 project will begin at the end of April and be completed by the end of August. The project is being funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Improvement Program.