By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Launched in 2014, Spring Hill’s sidewalk program has allowed for the community to share their input on which sidewalk projects should receive top priority. After accepting input from residents up until October 31 of last year, city leaders narrowed down the submissions to seven projects, all of which were discussed during Monday night’s meeting of the city Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The total expense for all seven projects is $143,740, just below the city’s allotted budget for sidewalks of $150,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal year. However, the Crowne Point Home Owners Association has submitted $21,397.50 towards their sidewalk project. This brings the net cost to the city down to $122,342.50.
Alderman Amy Wurth called the future connectivity that some of these projects would provide for the city “amazing,” and was also pleased to see the city come in under budget on this item.
“Eventually, you’ll be able to walk down Duplex on a sidewalk, turn down Burtonwood and Buckner Lane, walk all the way through Burtonwood, Haynes Crossing on a sidewalk on the south side of the street, up to Dollar General, past Kroger, go down Reserve Boulevard, past the hospital, and never leave the sidewalk… which is amazing,” Wurth said. “But we have to have these critical connections made.”
To date, the city’s sidewalk program has seen approximately three miles of sidewalk completed at a total close of close to $500,000. However, due to numerous contributions from various home owner associations across Spring Hill, the net cost to the city has been less than $200,000.
The city will vote on whether to approve the funding for these projects during the next voting meeting on Monday, February 18.
The seven projects were as follows:
Crowne Point HOA
Length: 1,650 feet
Estimated cost: $79,250
Project description: Install sidewalk on the east side of New Port Royal Road between Wales Court and Buckner Road.
Length: 350 feet
Estimated cost: $14,250
Project description: Install sidewalk on south side of Buckner Lane from Nicole Drive to the tree line.
Length: 560 feet
Estimated cost: $26,600
Project description: Install sidewalk on west side of Wall Street from Christian Bros. Auto Shop to Nasdaq Street and three ADA ramps.
Campbell Station Subdivision
Length: 64 feet
Estimated cost: $3,040
Install sidewalk on Churchill Street to finish connectivity
Length: 110 feet
Estimated cost: $4,750
Project description: Install sidewalk on Autumn Ridge Way to finish connectivity.
Length: 100 feet
Estimated cost: $4,600
Install sidewalk on Bern Drive to finish connectivity.
Length: 250 feet
Estimated cost: $11,250
Project description: Install sidewalk at entrance of subdivision onto Buckner to connect to existing sidewalk for school and one ADA ramp.