New sidewalks in Huntsville — here’s what’s happening

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Three miles of new sidewalks in Huntsville are coming soon. (City of Huntsville)

Huntsville is a refreshingly walkable city, but in order to remain a walkable city, sidewalks need to be plentiful and in good repair, obviously. The City Council is addressing this, as it has entered into a contract for three miles of new sidewalks in Huntsville.

Here’s what’s happening and where:

The $1.3 million sidewalk project

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City officials said the community has requested new sidewalks in Huntsville in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic. (City of Huntsville)

The Huntsville City Council authorized Mayor Tommy Battle last week to enter into an agreement with low-bidder SJ&L General Contractor LLC to perform the sidewalk work. The contract agreement is $1.3 million.

Specifically, the contract calls for installation of new sidewalks and ramps and any other infrastructure to improve pedestrian access associated with these various projects throughout the city.

“These sidewalks were requested by the community and evaluated as necessary due to missing gaps, heavy pedestrian traffic, lack of Americans with Disabilities Act access and proximity to public facilities.”

Kathy Martin, director of city engineering

New sidewalks in Huntsville

Huntsville Sidewalks

Where are the new sidewalks going? Glad you asked. Here are the locations of the new sidewalks being built in the city:

  • Stevens Avenue from Russell Street to Maysville Road – 3,136 feet
  • South Shawdee Road from Dale Road to the Land Trust entrance – 3,000 feet
  • Wilkenson Drive from Meridian Street to Salem Drive – 2,000 feet
  • Quietdale Drive from Meridian Street to Vinyard Street – 2,000 feet
  • Benaroya Lane from Boulevard South to Byrd Spring Road – 1,601 feet
  • Valley Brook Drive from Vinyard Street to Belle Meade Drive – 1,478 feet
  • Sewanee Road from Governors Drive to Marshuetz Avenue – 1,425 feet
  • Salem Drive from Wilkenson Drive to Melody Road – 1,076 feet
  • Melody Road from Salem Drive to Chase Road – 377 feet
  • Vanderbilt Drive from Monroe Street to Memorial Parkway – 300 feet

Work will begin within the next two weeks, and the agreement stipulates the contractor must complete one project before work can begin at a new location.

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Michael Seale
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