The city of Buckhannon is replacing sidewalks and adding street lights.
On Tuesday morning workers started digging up old sidewalks and rerouting traffic as Buckhannon's sidewalk and streetlight project got started.
"We were able to submit the grant, which replaced and installed new sidewalks along East Main Street from Florida Street to College Avenue," said Buckhannon City Engineer Jay Hollen.
That grant comes from a transportation enhancement program. Buckhannon was one of 31 cities to receive a portion of $6 million. Hollen said the project costs total more than $270,000.
"We're doing the south side first. What that will enable us to do is to maintain pedestrian traffic at all times. Because the south side for a little bit just outside city hall does not have sidewalks, so it's going to get new sidewalks and 21 streetlights. We hope to have that completed by the middle of November," Hollen said.
Hollen said if the city has time, it will jump over on the north side and work back from College Avenue back over to Florida Street.
City officials said once Buckhannon's Gateway East Transportation Enhancement Project is finished, it will apply for funding to start work on Gateway West. This will add the same sidewalks and street lights from the Route 20 intersection along the old Weston Road to just under the Route 33 underpass.
"There's no sidewalks for the pedestrians from the Liggett Edition residential community to get to downtown Buckhannon except walking along the old Weston Road. This will provide them an elevated, safe means of transportation that will accommodate ADA, and some bicycles," Hollen said.
Hollen said all of these projects will happen in phases, but when finished it will be a connected, safe walking environment from the West Virginia Wesleyan College campus thru Downtown Buckhannon.
Traffic currently is blocked from the East Main Street to the Lightburn Street intersection. Detour signs are set up for traffic to head down Florida Street on to Meadows Street, on to Meade Street, and back on to Lightburn Street.