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Newburgh officials prepare to repave sidewalks

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NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) -

It's taken five years, but Newburgh is finally getting new sidewalks after the town has out a request for proposals.

If you want to see some of the worst sidewalks in Newburgh, then State Street would be one of your destinations.

Fortunately, that is one of the streets that will be paved thanks to a $250,000 Safe Routes to School grant.

Back in 2007, Newburgh was awarded the grant, but before the money could be used, the city had to establish right of way information the federal government had required.

Town Manager Lori Beuhlman says it's thanks to the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization who worked it through and finally approved some side walks for pavement.

Jennings and State Streets will see the most work done. The sidewalks highlighted in pink have been approved and will be paved with the grant money. 

Beuhlman says there will be money left over from the grant, since not all the streets were approved and she says she won't let it go without a fight.

"I wanted to get something done on this project," says Beuhlman. "After five and a half years, my goal was to have the residents see something, and then after that part gets moving then I will drop back and again see what else we can get done."

The sidewalks highlighted in green are sidewalks the town hopes to eventually get to once funds are available.

As for the approved sidewalks, Beuhlman says she hopes to see construction by the Summer of 2014.

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