Construction has begun on a nearly $1.2 million Pedestrian Way project that will result in some wider walkways for walkers on State Street and an improved pedestrian crossing at State and Richmond Avenue.
The project includes new sidewalks on Washington Avenue and Bank Street.
Along State Street (photo), the new wider sidewalk will connect Washington Avenue with Batavia High School.
The new crossing system at State and Richmond will include audible signals for the visually impaired.
The gravel path along Richmond Avenue in Centennial Park will also be rehabilitated.
The original project budget was $1.25 million, with a Federal grant covering 75 percent of the cost but bids came in $217,000 over budget. The city will dip in further to its sidewalk reserve fund and available state aid to make the local share 35 percent instead of 25 percent.
Public Works Director Matt Worth previously advised the City Council to accept the higher bid rather than rebid the project because this summer construction costs for such projects have been increasing so a new round of bidding would have likely resulted in even higher costs.