City Staff have been working with the Bi-State Regional Commission and Hutchinson Engineering on a Safe Routes to Schools grant application. The intent is to use the grant, if awarded, to complete a large section of sidewalk between the existing multi-use path and the elementary and intermediate schools. The City received letters of support from the administrators of both involved schools. Hutchinson Engineering, Inc. has provided a cost estimate for the construction and engineering of the Project, including construction and construction engineering costs in the amount of $313,810.00 and preliminary engineering costs in the amount of $49,032.81. Total local match listed in the amount of $112,842.81.
The current multi-use path will be complete along SE 3rd Street (State Highway #17) between SE 15th Avenue and SE 8th Avenue, turning south and extending along SE 8th Avenue between SE 3rd Street and SE 6th Street and then extending west along SE 6th Street. There are also existing sidewalks extending east from SW 8th Avenue at the NE corner of the school district property containing both Apollo Elementary School and the Mercer County Intermediate School. The existing sidewalk is five feet (5’0”) wide and is complete between that intersection and College Avenue. There are some areas along the existing sidewalk between the schools and College Avenue which will require minor repairs. Most of the intersections will require the handicap access entryways between the actual sidewalk and the street pavement. If awarded, the grant would complete the sidewalk between the east side of College Avenue and along SE 6th Street to the end of the current multi-use path. The new sidewalks would be five feet (5’) wide and would comply with all ADA requirements. This would complete a safe walking path extending all the way through Aledo from east to west. In addition, it would connect several other sidewalk areas, providing a safe walking path for the children of our community to use as they travel to and from school every day.