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Sidewalk improvements begin this week


By Alton Mitchell

Taking a stroll through the downtown area of LaFayette in the coming weeks may result on some moderate delays. The delays should only be a brief and hardly noticeable occurrence as officials from the D.O.T. will be making improvements to downtown sidewalks.

The recent roadwork in downtown LaFayette has left some local streets with elevated pavement levels. This has led to the state D.O.T. reaching out to LaFayette make improvements to local sidewalks in various places. A brief call on Monday evening to Superintendent Green from D.O.T officials acknowledge that beginning in the middle portion of this week crews will begin improving local sidewalks.

A new addition to local sidewalks on the improvement list will also include new ramps to make local sidewalks handicap accessible. The project that is beginning this week is something that is separate from the larger sidewalk and streetscape improvement plans that have been previously discussed by LaFayette city officials.

The project should start by the middle part of this week, state officials have already hired their contractor for the project and the change in LaFayette’s walkways will be noticeable immediately according to Superintendent Green., LaFayette Mayor Barry Moody seemed very pleased with the announcement as he noted that, “any growth seen in LaFayette is a good thing.”