County and city officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday on the courthouse lawn in Boonville to kick off the nearly $2 million sidewalk project.
The city of Boonville is funding $1.3 million, while the county is contributing an additional $400,070 for the project, while includes constructing ADA sidewalks, moving the retaining wall in by thee feet to keep long bed trucks from hanging out into driving lanes and making traffic around the square one way, adding 25 new parking spots and eliminating parallel parking. Decorative lighting will also be included.
Warrick County commissioner Marlin Weisheit said this is an overdue project.
"And, you know, it's a costly project but, I haven't heard anything negative -- everyone's pretty excited about it," he said. "In the spring, I think it's just gonna look so much different with the courthouse re-done and the new sidewalks."
As of now, Vectren is still working to bury lines and official work on the sidewalks won't start until the first week of October.
"Work scheduled for this fall, phase I, is the sidewalks on the west side of Second Street and removal and the replacement of the west and south retaining walls and entries of the courthouse. It will be completed by Nov. 15," Boonville Mayor Charlie Wyatt said. "The remaining work, phase II, around the square, is expected to start in January and will be completed by Sept. 30, 2019."
Wyatt said during phase I, there will be restricted parking.
"On the west side of Second Street and on the interior
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sides of the courthouse where the wall is being done," he said. "All users of alternate parking areas need to leave a 8 and a half by 11 notice on dashboard indicating 'Boonville renovations. Place cards are available at city hall."
Wyatt said anyone who has question about the project can attend an open house this Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the school corporation central services building, located at 930 W. Main Street in Boonville.
Wyatt said the sidewalk project is only going to add to the beauty of Boonville.
"The city of Boonville has the beautiful Johnson Park and the Harold Gunn Pavillion, both located around the Boonville Square," he said. "This project will tie into the implementation of the overall downtown revitalization plan."
Wyatt said the city is also selling memorial bricks to be placed in designated areas in the square. The price of the bricks range from $50 to $250 depending on the wording and size. Order forms are available at city hall.
Weisheit said the project is going to be a major enhancement.
"It's just gonna be awesome to see the new lighting," he said. "It's just going to be a transformation for the square."