Contact: Diann Hodges
Phone: (512) 832-7027
Date: Feb. 1, 2018
ELGIN – Construction is starting on the Project Connections sidewalk project. On Wednesday, TxDOT was joined by the city of Elgin, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Ashby Johnson, Elgin ISD officials and members of the community to break ground on the $1.3 million project.
"The city of Elgin is a growing community. This sidewalk project will create complete, safe, accessible connections from our Elgin ACC campus to the new Elgin Recreation Center," remarked Mayor Chris Cannon. "The route includes three EISD campuses and ultimately connects to our downtown district, a medical facility, and another EISD campus. This supports our outstanding quality of life and the sustainable growth that we are targeting for future development."
The project includes new sidewalks on FM 1100, SH 95 North, Elgin Park and Ride, and County Line Road that will complete missing sections of sidewalk along these roads. The project is funded through a Transportation Alternatives Project grant with CAMPO, TxDOT, and the city of Elgin.
"TxDOT builds a lot of roads in Texas, but we also build something else important to Texans — sidewalks," said TxDOT Bastrop Area Engineer Diana Schulze. "Once complete, these sidewalks will give the Elgin community, along with students from elementary through high school, a safe place to walk."
"We are proud of the partnerships we have that make major projects like Project Connections possible. Thanks to the support of CAMPO and TXDOT, we are able to work together and create this continuous route through Elgin," said City Manager Tom Mattis. "In addition, this route connects to an existing accessible 1.5-mile route from the Elgin Park and Ride to downtown Elgin that was completed in 2015 with funding support from CAMPO and TxDOT."
Upon completion, the Elgin community will have more than 3.5 miles of accessible sidewalk connecting newer development on the west side of the community to the downtown area.
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