Sheridan Boulevard is about to get a makeover. Not a total makeover, but a mill and overlay, new curbs and gutters and some new sidewalks from South Street to Calvert Street.
Work is scheduled to begin the first week of May and last four or five months.
The project was originally scheduled to be done with federal stimulus money, and done last year, until city officials realized they wouldn’t be able to meet the feds’ aggressive “shovel ready” deadlines given the Country Club Neighborhood’s new national historic designation. The historic designation requires that the impact on the district be examined first.
So now the $1.2 million project will now by paid for entirely with city wheel tax dollars. Some Country Club neighborhood members have questioned the decreased amount of work that will be done, given how long it’s been since the road has seen work.
At one point, the city was looking at using brick on the street, but those plans have been shelved, aside from some decorative landscaping pavers that may be removed and replaced, according to Craig Aldridge of the public works department.
Dobson Brothers was the low bidder and won the project in January.
An open house about the project will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2110 Sheridan Blvd.