Project to replace 600 feet of sidewalks

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 12, 2013

CHESAPEAKE — The $100,000 streetscape project for the village of Chesapeake is on target with the design phase expected to be finished by the end of May.

Approximately 600 feet of sidewalks will be replaced in the downtown section of the village, paid for with federal funding.

“We are also replacing curbs and doing the edge lines of the pavement and traffic lines,” said Patrick Leighty of E.L. Robinson Engineering, the firm in charge of the design work.

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“In some areas we had to put aggregate down where there weren’t sidewalks.”

The sidewalks will start on the east end of Triangle Park on Third Avenue and continue to the Save-a-Lot shopping plaza.

“We are working on the design and that shouldn’t take a couple of weeks,” Leighty said.

There will also be some signage as part of the project.

After the design work is completed, the project will go out to bid for about four weeks. After a contract is awarded, the actual construction should be completed by the end of August.

“On a project like this it should take 60 days,” Leighty said.

Funding for the capital improvement is coming exclusively from a Community Development Block Grant.

“It is an improvement,” Chesapeake Mayor Dick Gilpin said. “We have sidewalks that are falling apart. We applied for this money so we can make our sidewalks safer.”