2 Northeast Texas towns receive grants for sidewalks


Two Northeast Texas towns will receive federal funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to construct shared use sidewalks.

The cities of New Boston and Pittsburg submitted proposals to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for projects in nonurban areas that improve safety and connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians. The cities will have to provide a 20 percent match in funds and services for the projects.

New Boston was awarded $1,127,396 to construct concrete sidewalks along Elm Street from SW Front Street to Tapp Park, on Merrill Street from South Street to Tapp Park, on Lion Street from Merrill Street to Elm Street, and on East Street extending from existing sidewalk near the Housing Authority to the old railroad location downtown.

Pittsburg was awarded $377,812 to construct concrete sidewalks along North Texas Street from Quitman Street to the Pittsburg ball fields.

It is anticipated that all 2015 TAP projects will be let for construction within the next three years.


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