Anderson County Council Members Collaborate on Project to Provide New Safe Sidewalks for Children Walking to School
Sidewalk on Jackson Street from Hillside Drive to Westside High Made Possible Through Combination of County and Federal Funding
Anderson, S.C. (July 17, 2019) – The long-awaited Jackson Street project, which will provide a new, safe sidewalk between Hillside Drive and the rear entrance of Westside High School, is now underway in Anderson. The project’s active construction phase comes as a result of the significant and collaborative efforts of County Councilwoman Gracie S. Floyd and County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn, who represent County Council Districts Two and Five, respectively.
C.T. York, P.E., the SCDOT Assistant Program Manager for the Upstate, wrote in a recent email to County officials, “We are on schedule to finish at or before the scheduled completion date of November 30, 2019…[and] on schedule to complete work requiring a lane closure by August 17, 2019.” Mr. York added, “This project has an estimated total construction cost of $500,000 and is funded through a [federal] grant program called the Transportation Alternatives Program [including] a local 20% match from Anderson County.”
SCDOT Program Manager William Redfearn III, P.E., DBIA, also confirmed this week that the approval notice for the project to proceed was issued on May 23, 2019 and that there are no known issues or delays in the project at this time.
“I am glad to see this long-awaited project now in the active construction phase. It’s been a long time coming, but I am glad children near Westside will now be able to walk to school safely.”
– Hon. Gracie S. Floyd, County Council District Two
“This project is another example of the County working together with community partners for the benefit of the safety and welfare of our children and their families. I’m glad to see work in progress.”
– Hon. Tommy Dunn, County Council Chairman
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