GREENVILLE — Plans for Greenville’s new sidewalk that will connect to a town park will be on display in the town’s chamber soon.
In 2018, PennDOT awarded Greenville a $1 million grant to pay for the sidewalk project, which will connect Riverside Park to the northeast side of Greenville, said Rev. Dr. Sean Hall, town councilman.
In keeping with its mission statement to make Greenville more “accessible, pedestrian and recreational-friendly,” the sidewalk will be located on Alan Avenue, which will become a one-way street from College Avenue to Chicago Street.
“Alan Avenue and Race Street are the only two ways to get to (Riverside) Park,” said Jasson Urey, town manager.
Currently, there’s no safe way to walk from College Avenue to Riverside Park, so pedestrians have to walk on the road, he added.
The town of Greenville has hired engineering firm Buchart Horn, Inc. of Pittsburgh to design the sidewalk.
“The main point of this whole project is to encourage pedestrian access,” said Greg Scott of Buchart Horn, Inc. “Really this is about pedestrian safety.”
Because PennDOT has awarded the grant, the new sidewalk has to follow PennDOT guidelines, Scott said.
“Our goal is to get the design to them,” he said.
Once PennDOT receives the design, it will bid the project this spring, then construct it during the second half of this year, Scott added.
“Since PennDOT is paying for the project, they require (Greenville) shows it to the public,” he said.
From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Jan. 31, plans for the sidewalk project will be on display in the town’s council chambers on the lower level of the town building.
“It’s really just a plan view showing the project extent so people can understand,” Scott said.
He encouraged input from the community.
“The public comments are important,” Scott said.
If people have questions or concerns, Scott said he would be happy to respond to them.
“We want to make people happy and address it as much as we can based on PennDOT requirements,” Scott said.
Greenville is fortunate to have been awarded the grant, according to Scott.
“This is about as small of a project as PennDOT will ever do,” he said. “PennDOT has agreed to spend this money in Greenville. Greenville is the only project in Mercer County.”
Once the project is complete, Alan Avenue will be paved at a later date, Scott said.
“It’s a nice little project,” he said. “It’s a feel-good project. I like it.”