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Streetscape Work To Continue

DALLAS -- Plans are being finalized for a third installment of the downtown streetscape project, with work scheduled for later this spring and summer.

DALLAS -- Plans are being finalized for a third installment of the downtown streetscape project, with work scheduled for later this spring and summer.

The south side of the 100 block of Court Street west of Main Street is the next block on tap for the Dallas Urban Renewal Agency-funded projects that transformed the look and feel of Mill Street's sidewalks

during the previous two summers.

This time around, the urban renewal agency may decide to do the entire block instead of dividing the work into two separate projects like what was done with the Mill Street overhaul.

Jason Locke, Dallas community development director, said the agency has the funding to do the entire project at once, which may save time and money. The urban renewal agency must give approval to complete the entire south side of the block. Locke said the agency will consider the proposal soon.

Plans call for new street furniture, widening the sidewalk by 5 feet, and upgrading street lighting at a cost of about $50,000, Locke said. The estimated cost for the entire block is about $50,000.

Work could begin as soon as the middle of this month, starting with tree removal in the block. The city also plans to replace lateral sewer pipes before the new sidewalk is installed.

Locke said business owners on the block were pleased with the streetscape plans.

"Obviously, we are planning to cause minimal disruptions while still getting the work done," Locke said.

Mill Street across from the Polk County Courthouse was the first stretch of downtown sidewalk to see the improvements, which began in May 2009.

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