Construction of new sidewalks in portions of Henrietta continues as part of the city’s involvement in the Safe Routes to School program.
Once the project is completed, workers will have laid a route connecting all three Henrietta school campuses with downtown Henrietta and Hope Cemetery on the city’s northwest side. The course reaches the Centennial Addition on the city’s east side, one block past the high school football field, connecting Henrietta Junior High, Elementary and High School.
The Safe Routes to School project is funded by two TxDOT grants in amounts of $488,000 and $490,000. The City is required to pay contractor in full. The grants will come as a reimbursement to the city.
The city of Henrietta held a public forum to discuss the project in February 2012, drawing both positive and negative feedback. Most in attendance voiced concerns over the possible removal of trees and fences from the city right-of-way. Since that time, the city and project engineers have redrawn plans to avoid the removal of trees and structured. In the approved layout, workers will have to remove only one tree.
Contractor Tommy Duke of Wichita Falls expects to pour one block each day. Work began Thursday, Aug. 22 and the first concrete was poured on Aug. 23.