Neighborhood sidewalk project connects the community

The City of Mansfield Neighborhood Sidewalk Enhancement Program stepped into action for the much needed sidewalk installation along several high pedestrian areas. This program is classified as Phase I signifying more sidewalk construction slated throughout the city in the future. A combination of grant and city monies funded the project.

“We aimed to place this construction in areas we knew would make use of the sidewalks,” said Mayor McCoy. Pedestrians and bicyclists now have a safer route for travel.

Another desire for the sidewalks was a greater width that would allow side by side, passing traffic. Many of the previously installed sidewalks are four feet wide; however the neighborhood program consists of sidewalks that are six feet in width. These first class sidewalks are a tremendous advancement and will be the largest sidewalk program project in the city. Testament of their benefit are being expressed, the Louisiana Technical College- Mansfield campus has expressed the benefit of the sidewalk to their students that often walk to campus for classes. They recognized the City of Mansfield and Mayor McCoy by posting on their signage, “Walk this way for a better future… Thanks, Mayor McCoy!”

The sidewalks extend on the west side of Oxford Road from the Louisiana Technical College to Martin Luther King Drive. A second segment is along the west side of LA 175 from Park Drive to Louise Street. A third, ranges along the north side of US 84, South Washington from Burton’s Gatehouse Inn to El Giro Restaurant. An additional span will complete the extension on Oxford Road from Martin Luther King Drive to Gibbs Street. Lastly, a portion is located along the north side of East McArthur Drive.