MEN AT WORK: Construction begins on downtown sidewalks

Published 7:58 pm Friday, January 17, 2020

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Construction is now underway on new sidewalks in Downtown Troy as the city continues to pursue the revitalization of the district.

Work has begun, starting with the replacement of a sidewalk on West Elm Street leading to the Pike County Courthouse.

The sidewalks to be replaced are South Three Notch Street from Church Street to Love Street, West Church Street from South Three Notch to the Pike County Courthouse, and West Elm Street from North Three Notch to the alley before 101 W. Elm Street.

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“That includes redoing the intersection of Love Street and Three Notch with planters to make it more of an entrance point,” said Melissa Sanders, planning and zoning administrator.

The project is the latest Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) project to be approved by the council, which applied for the grant for this project in 2017.

Replacing downtown sidewalks is a part of the Vision 2026 Downtown Plan.

The bid was awarded to Geisler Contracting at a cost of $469,667, of which the Alabama Department of Transportation will pay 80 percent, leaving the city’s cost at $100,573.

The project is scheduled to be completed within 90 working days, with four working days each week. Sanders urged residents to use caution when driving through the areas as some roads will be reduced to one lane while construction is ongoing.

This is the second phase of rehabilitation for downtown sidewalks. The first phase replaced sidewalks on South Three Notch Street from Love Street to Elm Street, East Church Street from Three Notch to Elm and South Market Street from Church to Elm.

The first phase of rehabilitation has led to private investment in those areas, including the renovation of the 200 block of Love Street and growth in the portion of Three Notch that has been replaced.