Stockbridge installs signs as part of its streetscape project

STOCKBRIDGE — Stockbridge Public Works employees installed a project notification sign for the South Berry Streetscape project Monday.

The project calls for grading, cold milling, asphalt paving, traffic striping, storm drainage improvements, curb and gutters, 900 linear feet of sidewalks and decorative street lighting along South Berry Street from Nolan Street south to Wilson Street.

The shovel-ready project is expected to cost as much as $261,000 and will allow seamless continuity to the $1.2 million streetscape project currently underway on North Berry Street from Nolan to Love streets.

A $100,000 federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will help pay for some of the project, with the balance to be paid from the city’s general fund.

“This project will improve pedestrian safety and I am very appreciative of the City Council’s support to fast-track this project,” said Mayor Mark Alarcon.

Area residents walk along narrow streets on the grassy shoulder of South Berry Street to access the grocery store, Smith Barnes Elementary and Patrick Henry High schools, Stockbridge City Hall, as well as other merchants in the immediate area.

“Once complete, residents will have a continuous sidewalk with lighting to access those locations while also having safe access into historic downtown Stockbridge,” Alarcon said. “From there, residents will be able to access the County library and tag office, the Stockbridge Multiplex Recreation Center for youth and seniors and Clark Park.”