The final touches are being applied to the installation of new sidewalks through the City of Nofork made possible by a $128,000 Transportation Alternatives Program grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Transportation Alternative Program was established by Congress in 2012 and is funded through a set-aside of the Federal-aid Highway Program.
The new sidewalks are what city officials hope will be just the first step in sprucing up Norfork.
Norfork Recorder/Treasurer Christi Dobson says she picked up the grant process from her predecessor who was responding to the vision of former Mayor Jim Reeves.
The federal grant provided funding for new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, handrails and an ADA ramp. The additions are on the right side of Highway 5 for motorists traveling south, running from Two Rivers Market to the Norfork Thrift Store.
Dobson says city officials are pursuing a number of additional enhancements.
Dobson says the planning includes fresh reflective paint for fire hydrants to enhance visibility and LED replacement bulbs for street lamps.
She credits city Superintendent Cory McFall with coordinating the efforts to bring the enhancement projects to fruition.
The city's recorder/treasurer says officials welcome input in the efforts to spruce up Norfork.
Work is expected to be completed on the sidewalks project by mid January.
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