Salem to build new sidewalks

SALEM – Construction of a new sidewalk on the north side of East State Street from Wendy’s to North Cunningham Road and over to the Walmart area will begin June 23, with completion expected in September.

City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst reported a pre-construction meeting was held this week to discuss the details of the project with Central Allied Enterprises of Canton, the low bidder awarded the construction contract.

Kenst said he contacted all the businesses along the route which could be affected to make them aware of the start date and what the project will entail.

The idea behind the sidewalk is to improve access to the stores for people walking. Mayor John Berlin previously said it’s a safety issue for people walking along State Street to Walmart and other businesses.

Originally, the sidewalk was part of a larger project planned by the Ohio Department of Transportation in 2007 that included redoing all the sidewalk intersections downtown related to the Americans With Disabilities Act. The project was never done and the sidewalk was separated out as a free-standing project in 2012, with money from ODOT granted last year.

ODOT’s portion of the cost totals $255,000, with the city’s share at $79,158 coming from capital improvements. The city had to pay at least 20 percent of the construction cost and pay for 100 percent of the design costs. The low bid from Central Allied was $263,196.