by Lisa Tome
A State Highway Administration project will make traveling to school safer for children in Cecilton.
But for now, work is underway installing a paving overlay, addressing drainage issues, and installing new sidewalks along the town's West Main Street from the intersection of Routes 213 and 282 and along Route 282 (West Main).
The plan has flip-flopped more than once. The new walks will now end in the 300 block of West Main Street. An earlier plan had the walks extending outside town limits.
That plan was scrapped when residents expressed that they didn't want the walks in front of their out of town property.
Cecilton Mayor Joe Zang said this project has been nearly a year in the making.
He said SHA officials came to the town last October and offered up plans to do the work.
He said the plan for the sidewalks brought relief since many of the children of Cecilton walk to school.
Now the walks, combined with a single crosswalk at the school, will make for a safer Cecilton.
"They (SHA) have been a dream to work with. They have been very good to work with and we are very appreciative," said Zang.
The work began July 30. It will continue until the Spring of 2014.
The work will also include bringing Cecilton into compliance with American Disabilities Act standards.