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Sidewalk renovation to begin in spring

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - Construction will begin next spring on the second phase of the historic sidewalk renovation.

This phase will include installing brick pavers, historical lighting and pouring concrete on both sides of Sixth Street and the southern portion of Main Street, Waco based engineer Johnny Tabor said.

Preliminary plans approved by Ferris City Council members during its Nov. 13 council meeting include using less materials to renovate the sidewalks on Sixth Street, because Tabor said the sidewalks on Sixth Street are three feet narrower than the Main Street sidewalks.

Construction would take three months starting in late February or March, Tabor said.

Councilwoman Lori Perkins asked how the construction would affect the Ferris Brick Festival held every April.

'If we need to move that schedule back a little bit to start at the end of April and have the construction in May and June that might be more appropriate for the downtown activities,' Tabor said.

Main Street Director Marietta Allen said she thought certain parts of the renovation might be able to be completed before the festival began, but it would depend on how well the contractor selected for the project would work with the city.

Scott Born, mayor pro-tem suggested the city could coordinate the construction to the areas least affected by the festival, so construction could begin in late February or early March.

'I would prefer that it be done in phases, simply because I don't want to tear up the entrance to every business at one time,' Tabor said.

'My feeling at the moment is we can deal with some relatively small areas for a relatively short period of time and move in stages on the sidewalks.'

He said this could change depending on which contractor is selected for the job.

The city might be able to save some money by giving the contractors a little flexibility to decide if the project needs to be done in stages or simultaneously with numerous crews.

Earlier this year the Ferris Main Street was awarded a $100,000 grant to finish the renovation of the sidewalks after applying for it through the Texas Capital Fund.

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