Chesapeake to add, replace sidewalks

Published 9:59 am Friday, June 29, 2012

CHESAPEAKE — Much of the north side of the main street in Chesapeake will get new sidewalks starting in 2013.

The village was approved for $100,000 in funding for sidewalks on Third Avenue from the Community Development Block Grant program.

“We would like to go to the bridge,” Mayor Dick Gilpin said. “We might be doing it in sections or the whole thing. Some sections don’t have sidewalks and some are deteriorated.”

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The length of the project, which could extend for four to five blocks, will be determined by the construction cost.

The village tried for the grant last year but other projects in the county took precedence.

The grant will be administered through the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization that will handle the bidding process. The design plan was created about 10 years ago from the federal Streetscape program.

Boaters can now launch at the Symmes Creek boat ramp after a buildup of silt was removed. Tracey Ellis volunteered his weekend dredging the launch area with a backhoe.

“There was six-inch of silt,” Gilpin said. “It was like a beach. Now we can launch a boat. Before we could not launch a canoe.”

Gilpin is seeking county help to dredge farther in the creek to clear the waterway for boat traffic.