Sidewalk project in Opp 1/3 of way done

Published 12:12 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The nearly $400,000 sidewalk project in Opp is about a third of the way done on the sidewalk end, engineers said Monday.

Jeremy McMath of Civil Southeast said that Beasley and Company General Contractors were making good progress, but that the progress would slow for them to tend to underground drainage issues.

McMath said that Beasley and Company would send a second crew in the near future to help speed the process along.

He said that one crew would work on the sidewalks and the other on the drainage.

The project runs from Opp Middle School on Stewart Street and ties in other streets and will tie into East Stewart Street near the high school and around to the tennis courts.

The city was awarded $400,000 in Transportation Alternative Program funds. It is a 80/20 split program and the city is responsible for 20 percent.

McMath said the contractor is paid as work is completed and has received $86,000-$87,000 so far for work completed.

“That’s not quite a fourth on dollars,” McMath said. “They are paid for what they do. If we get there and find an issue, they fix it.”

McMath said the project is expected to be completed in June.

McMath said that City Planner Jason Bryan has been instrumental in getting easements from property owners along the project.