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Paving the way
Evermore CID to extend sidewalks in Park Place area

LAWRENCEVILLE - Where the sidewalk ends in the Park Place area, people are still walking - from hotels, to the post office and to local stores.

A project by the Evermore Community Improvement District will extend the sidewalks, connecting disconnected segments and extending some pieces to increase pedestrian safety in the area.

CID director Brett Harrell said the project will also help link one side of U.S. Highway 78 with the other, allowing a pedestrian connection under the road.

"It will tie the whole area together," Harrell said. "There's a good bit of foot traffic in that area now."

Harrell said the sidewalk project will cost about $260,000, money that comes from the county's penny sales tax. Each of the CIDs has allocated funds for sidewalk projects in revitalization areas.

Concrete will be poured during the first three months of the year, Harrell said. About seven segments will be affected, including sidewalks along West and East Park Place boulevards from Bermuda Road to Eastford Trace and Rockbridge Road from Pounds Road to East Park Place Boulevard.

As construction to put a median on U.S. Highway 78 continues, Harrell said pedestrian connections across that road will become increasingly important. The improvements will also include upgraded traffic signals and mast arms at some intersections in the area.

"It will be aesthetically attractive," Harrell said. "It will feel more like a true community. It will build upon that sense of place, as well."