The City Council of Richmond Hill broke ground this afternoon on the city’s sidewalk project, a system of sidewalks connecting neighborhoods to schools, parks and retail establishments. The project came about as a result of a needs assessment completed earlier this year, which identified the areas with a “gap in service” related to the provision of sidewalks and pedestrian connectivity to critical destinations in the city.
“We are excited to begin work on a project that will improve the aesthetics of the city,” said Russ Carpenter, City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem. “By improving the walkability of our neighborhoods, we will create a live-work-play community.”
Once complete, the system of sidewalks will connect Richmond Hill Plantation, Turtle Hill, Melrose, Cherokee, Brisbon Hall, Sterling Creek Plantation, Piercefield Forest, Main Street, Ashton Apartments, Plantation Apartments and other residential areas to school, recreation park, grocery store, shopping and other pedestrian destinations on Timber Trail, Harris Trail, Highway 144 and Highway 17.
The project is to be funded with $400,000 in SPLOST funds.
“The sidewalk project will encourage more physical activity, increase property values, and improve interaction among neighbors,” said Mayor Harold Fowler. “In short, this is something that will benefit all residents.”