CANTON — The Canton City Council is set to discuss the right-of-way acquisition process for the Main Street Connector, a road and sidewalk construction project coming to downtown Canton, at its meeting Thursday.
City Manager Scott Wood said Wednesday that the Main Street Connector project has been in the works for eight or nine years and will resurface Church Street, Archer Street and East Marietta Street in downtown Canton and the sidewalks along these streets.
Mayor Gene Hobgood said Wednesday afternoon that one of the purposes of the project is to better connect City Hall to Main Street with the sidewalk system.
City Hall is connected to Main Street by Church Street, which begins at Cannon Park and ends at the main entrance of City Hall.
Hobgood said the work of the Main Street Connector project will make a “better connection” and help this portion of the city’s center be more aesthetically pleasing and increase “walkability.”
This area of downtown is not as easily walkable as it could be, because of the dilapidated and sometimes “dangerous” condition of many of the sidewalks which will be replaced in the project, Hobgood said.
Hobgood said these sidewalks have been an issue for the city for some time and in recent years, some have been repaired but only temporarily.
City Engineer Joby West said Wednesday the project has not gone out for bid, but that the cost is not expected to exceed $1.25 million.
Like other road and sidewalk construction undertakings, West said this project will be funded mostly by the state of Georgia.
West said the city of Canton has been given a grant of $1 million from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the project. The amount represents a contribution of 80 percent of the total cost for the project, which West said should not exceed $1.25 million.
Construction for the project is in 2014, at the earliest, the city manager said.