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It’s taken years to get the Cornstalk Heights trailway grant project underway.
“The project has finally started,” declared Bob Tidwell, a grant coordinator for the city of Harriman.
“They started removing brick sidewalks today on Walden Street on the block just past Trenton.”
Workers began taking up the historic old brick walkways on Walden Street last week in preparation to level and return the historic bricks on a more stable walking surface.
Handicap-accessible corners will be at street intersections.
Other projects include historic lighting on the project, which includes Walden and Morgan avenues.
That lighting will be installed by the Harriman Utility Board.
Tidwell has been trying to see the grant get kicking since it was first awarded more than five years ago.
He has in the past complained that the state keeps changing requirements on the grant just when the city looks to be ready to get a contract.
Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley had expressed concern about cash flow during the grants, but a clearer picture of when the city would make payments and receive grant funds eased his mind.
As a precaution, he still budgeted a grant anticipation note in the 2014 budget but has no plans to use it.
City officials are also planning ahead for the future walking trail at Riverfront Park.
The city was awarded funding for the first phase of the project that would extend walkways from the park along the
river, ultimately hoping to connect the Flour
Mill Flats sports complexes and developing the rest of the Emory River frontage for recreational use.