"Bearden neighborhood associations and businesses came up with
the idea years ago to make their community more pedestrian friendly
by providing safe and accessible paths and sidewalks that connect
Sutherland Avenue and Kingston Pike" said Mayor Haslam. "This greenway
will provide children a safer route to Bearden Elementary and West
High Schools, provide a pedestrian connection between neighborhoods
and small businesses and make bus service more accessible."
Work is already underway on the greenway, which stretches along
Sutherland Avenue from Westwood Drive to Tobler Lane. New sidewalks
and paths are also being built on Lebanon, Mohican and Mann Streets.
City Council last month awarded a $3.3 million construction contract
to Southern Constructors for the work, which includes $1.5 million
in utility design and construction that will be funded by KUB.
Greenway and utility construction along Sutherland Avenue between
Elementary School and Forest Park Boulevard is expected to be completed
by the end of December 2005, with the remainder of the project to
be completed by the end of June 2006.