Update slated for Fourth Street Heritage Trail project

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — Officials will give property and business owners an update on the Fourth Street Heritage Trail project next week.

The public meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St.

Representatives from VS Engineering and Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, the companies designing the improvements to the street, will lead the discussion.

The city is planning to redesign downtown Fourth Street between Geiger and Jackson streets. Plans call for the street having a driving lane and sidewalk; a lane situated between the two would be used optionally as a walking lane, parking area or space for outdoor uses by a business, like seating. Trees and planters would be placed in what is now the parking lane, leaving about three parking spaces between the planters. Businesses would have the option of using part of the sidewalk or the parking lane in front of their business for enhancements like seating. The design incorporates part of the Heritage Trail, which is a walking and bicycle path that will ultimately connect the north and south ends of the city.

Two bids for the project were rejected in February, because they were more than the project’s $3.5 million estimated cost. Engineers have since worked at making changes to the project so that the next bids, which will be opened in October, will be in line with the estimate.

Updates on the project’s status will be shared at the meeting, and questions and feedback will be taken from those in the audience.

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