Ro­mans seek­ing more side­walks

A big pro­ject in West Rome is near­ing com­ple­tion.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - Contributed photo By Doug Walker As­so­ci­ate Editor DWalker@RN-T.com

The ef­fort to make Rome more of a walk­a­ble com­mu­nity is stretch­ing out well be­yond the boom­ing Broad Street dis­trict. “We’re get­ting more de­mand for side­walks than we’ve ever had be­fore,” Rome Pub­lic Ser­vices Man­ager Kirk Milam told mem­bers of the city Pub­lic Works, Tran­sit and Traf­fic Com­mit­tee on Wednesday.

One of the largest projects in­volves in­stal­la­tion of curb, gut­ter and side­walks on both sides of Bur­nett Ferry Road from Shorter Av­enue al­most to Alto Park El­e­men­tary School. Pub­lic Works Direc­tor Chris Jenk­ins showed Com­mis­sion­ers Sundai Steven­son, Mil­ton Slack and Wendy Davis be­fore and after pic­tures from sev­eral sec­tions of the pro­ject and the dif­fer­ence is like night and day.

Jenk­ins said the con­trac­tor has in­di­cated the $1.1 mil­lion 2013 spe­cial pur­pose; lo­cal op­tion sales tax­funded pro­ject would be fin­ished by the end of De­cem­ber. “SPLOST has pro­vided us with one great road,” Jenk­ins said of the Bur­nett Ferry pro­ject.

Jenk­ins also showed slides of the East Twelfth Street side­walk re­place­ment work, funded by fed­eral Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Block Grant funds. “These are projects that ev­ery lo­cal com­mu­nity will lose,” said Com­mis­sioner Wendy Davis. She was re­fer­ring to the ad­min­is­tra­tion plans in Washington to zero out the CDBG pro­gram.

The first phase of that work was done for $155,000 and phase two, pro­jected to cost $131,000, will be­gin after the city gets the 2017 al­lo­ca­tion.

Com­mis­sioner Mil­ton Slack said he would like to see curb, gut­ter and side­walk work on Wadsworth Street in North Rome. “There are ditches there you could lose a car in,” said Slack.

Court­nay Wil­liams, grant pro­gram man­ager in the city Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment of­fice, said Rome has used CBG money to fund side­walk im­prove­ments along Kingston Av­enue and Cal­houn Road, both ma­jor thor­ough­fares in North Rome, from 2014 through 2016.

The side­walk down the south side of East 12th Street has been com­pletely re­placed with new con­crete this sum­mer and fall.

Contributed photo

The ‘after’ view of Bur­nett Ferry Road im­prove­ments at the Ea­gle Trace Mo­bile Home com­mu­nity.

Chris Jenk­ins

Contributed

The be­fore look of Bur­nett Ferry Road, prior to curb, gut­ter and side­walk im­prove­ments.

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