By Lindsay LaChapelle
Improvements, such as the sidewalk project, continue to be a priority for the City of Greenwood. Mayor Doug Kinslow shared that construction on those sidewalks is set to begin sometime this summer, and in two phases.
At the end of 2018, the City of Greenwood received a $394,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation. The 80/20 grant will provide 2.2 miles of sidewalk, stretching from Denver Street on the south side of the highway to the Golden Years Retirement facility. Also from the northside of 10 Spur at Stallings Trail, where the new Waffle House is expected to be added, back down to Denver Street.
The main focus would still be pedestrian access to retirement communities along 10 Spur. “That is the main priority, to get those folks off the shoulder and let them walk where they need to go in safety,” added Kinslow.
The project has faced challenges including the COVID-19 shutdowns, which have forced timelines for completion to be pushed back. Additional setbacks have included engineering issues with the placement of sidewalks near the highway. Following months of discussions, however, Mayor Kinslow advised that Project Engineer Jeremy Shores will soon be finalizing the right-of-way easements.