A grant from the Department of Transportation that will place sidewalks from the apartments on Horse Creek Boulevard to the shopping center that houses Piggly Wiggly, Dora Utilities, First Bank of Jasper’s Dora branch and other businesses is approximately 95 percent complete, according to Mayor Randy Stephens.
“There are a lot of people who live in those apartments on Horse Creek Boulevard who don’t drive,” Stephens said. “This sidewalk will provide safety and convenience for those residents. It looks really good and it is going to be a real asset to the community.”
The second project is funded by an Economic Development Grant and will repave the road from Horse Creek Boulevard into the shopping center. This road had long been mottled with potholes and damage that rendered it almost impassable. The road has been closed, scraped and will soon be paved and reopened to the public. This grant will also repave the entrance into the shopping center from Highway 78 and will place a road behind the shopping center to enable the businesses in the shopping center to more easily receive deliveries. These improvements will total about $195,000.
The purpose of economic development grants is to make the locations more desireable for businesses to encourage them to locate in the area. That project is approximately 50 percent completed, according to Stephens.
The third grant is in process but work has not yet begun. This project will provide a $350,000 update the East Walker Sewer Authority’s sewage treatment plant.
“It will be more energy efficient, environmentally safe and have the capacity to triple the amount of water we run through there now,” Stephens said.
Stephens said he expects work on those projects to begin in the next 60 days.