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Green Park receives $2 million grant

A nearly $2 million federal grant for improvements on Green Park Road has been awarded to the city of Green Park.

However, the grant funds will not be available to the city for about three more years, according to Mayor Steve Armstrong.

As proposed, the improvements on Green Park Road would run from Tesson Ferry Road to Lin Valle Drive and include "reconstruction of the roadway and sidewalks along with the installation of concrete curb and storm sewers,'' according to the city's grant application.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.425 million and the city would be required to pay 20 percent of that amount — $485,000.

"They pay 80 percent, I think it comes up to be," Armstrong told the Call. "And a half million the city has to come up with, basically 20 percent, which roughly ends up being $400,000 to $500,000 dollars.''

If the project goes beyond the projected cost, the city would have to incur the rest of the cost.

Armstrong said that safety is the No. 1 concern with Green Park Road.

"The overall goal is to make it a better, safer road for the people who use it," Armstrong said, noting significant improvements are proposed for Green Park Road.

"The proposed improvements to the roadway, intersections, sidewalks and storm sewer will provide for safer movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and improve conditions for residents, commuters and visitors to the area,'' according to the city's grant application.

The project calls for increasing the lane width of the two-lane Green Park Road to 12 feet each from the current 10 feet.

The lanes must be widened to accommodate the traffic Green Park Road currently handles, Armstrong said. The grant application stated that the usage of the road, including the average daily traffic, would remain unchanged with the improvements.

In addition, a turn lane could be added at the intersection of Antrill Drive and Green Park Road, according to City Administrator/City Clerk Diana Mize.

"The project will require the replacement of approximately 4,800 linear feet of asphalt roadway and adjacent concrete sidewalk,'' the city's grant application stated. "Existing entrance aprons at private and commercial drives will be replaced with newly constructed aprons of like material. Concrete curb and gutter will direct storm runoff to a storm sewer system comprised of approximately 20 new intake structures and 3,000 linear feet of new reinforced concrete pipe. The relocation of utility poles will facilitate sidewalk curb and storm sewer installation and improve the safety of the road.''

The grant application noted that Green Park Road has many problems that need to be corrected.

"The pavement is in poor condition and in need of repair. There are many safety problems associated with sight distance and narrow lanes,'' the application stated. "Because of no curbing and the edge swale, there is a dropoff from the edge of the pavement. To eliminate the swales, storm sewers would be necessary because of a tight right of way. Utility poles located within the 2.5-feet shoulder present an additional safety hazard to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.''

During an interview with the Call, Armstrong said a street study the city is currently waiting for from P.H. Weis has and will play a key role in the development of this project.

"That's why we hired Tom Weis, to help us fill out the grant and stuff, draft out things," Armstrong said. "We put in for it. He outlined the stuff and obviously tried to seize the opportunity to get it and we got it and now we move forward and start putting pen to paper and do that and we got some time.

"It's going to take some time to define it, but we also have time to work. Obviously now the city has to put pen to paper to defining those improvements. There's a lot of work to be done, but we have time to work on it, too," Armstrong said.

Some work is being done right now on Green Park Road besides the major im-provements that are planned, he said.

"The goal is ... to do some improvements, but in the meantime there is maintenance that needs to be done," Armstrong said.

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