Nate Hulings reports in The Olympian:
“Three blocks in downtown Yelm are getting a sidewalk makeover, a move city and regional officials say will help with pedestrian safety near the middle school.
Work is under way on a $315,000 project to replace and add new sections of sidewalk on West Yelm Avenue between Solberg Street Southwest and Railroad Street Southwest, including a small section near City Hall, said Shelly Badger, Yelm city administrator.
Crews will also add a sidewalk on the south side of West Yelm between Rice and Solberg. The project includes new crosswalks and ADA ramps at the intersections of Solberg, Rice and Edwards streets.
Badger said the city wants to improve pedestrian access near the middle school.”
“Badger said sidewalk being replaced is substandard, with crack and elevation issues throughout. New sidewalks will be at least 5-feet wide, increasing to 8 feet on the north side of the street near the middle school.
Funding for the project came mostly from a $219,320 grant from Thurston Regional Planning Council, with the rest coming from the city, said Thera Black, TRPC senior planner.
‘The council saw this as a big project in terms of walkability in the city and for kids to get to and from school safely,’ she said.”
“The work, which is being completed by Gig Harbor-based Henderson Partners, began this month and is expected to wrap up by the middle of December.”