The City of White House is on the verge of a new sidewalk project that will be a length of .53 miles from Raymond Hirsch Parkway to Highway 31-W.

The project is part of White House’s government initiative to connect the city as a fully walkable area with proper sidewalks and or greenways throughout.

Mayor Mike Arnold first brought up the sidewalk project earlier in the year in his “State of White House” speech given to the White House Chamber of Commerce.

“We have a goal to make this city a fully walkable city so that someone can safely travel throughout White House on safe sidewalks and greenways,” Arnold said about the project. “Adding piece after piece, we expect to achieve this goal to enrich pedestrian travel through the city.”

Currently, the City of White House has put the .53 mile section out for bid by prospective contractors. Sealed Bids will be received by the City of White House at their offices in White House City Hall, Council Chambers, 105 College Street, White House, TN 37188, until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 and opened publicly at White House City Hall, Council Chambers, 105 College Street, White House, TN 37188 at that hour. The reading of the bids will begin at 10 a.m.

The .53 mile sidewalk project is expected to be completed as soon as early March of 2014 of even sooner.

Despite an aggressive campaign including hundreds of letters, drawings, and pleadings from the community, the city of White House learned Thursday afternoon it had failed to secure federal funding in the “Safe Routes for Schools” project. The grant program is a state-ran program working to fix sidewalks in the vicinity of schools in order to allow more pedestrian travel to school. Neighboring Portland received funds to build sidewalks at Watt Hardison Elementary School.

Had White House received the grant, it would have allowed for the construction of sidewalks around the Heritage Elementary campus in the middle of town. Currently, school officials are not legally allowed to let students walk to school due to the lack of safe sidewalks near the school.

With the loss of the grant, City of White House officials will head back to the drawing board hoping to fix the sidewalk situation surrounding Heritage Elementary in the near future.

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