NEWPORT — The Downtown sidewalk improvement project in Newport began last week and is scheduled for completion around the middle of August.
The first section of sidewalk replacement started at Mechanic Street at the south end of the business district and will end at Pearl Street opposite the Newport Common, according to Newport Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg.
The initial section was short, going from Mechanic Street to the south end of the Main Street Bridge and then continuing on from the north side of the bridge to the Newport Circuit Court building at the intersection of Main and West streets.
The project will then skip over a section in the middle of the Downtown area, picking back up at Pearl Street and work its way to the finish line at Grazi’s Market on North Main Street.
The first section of work made its way right by the front door of Village Pizza but that establishment was closed for the week as the big excavator dug up the old asphalt and cement sidewalk.
When the work is completed on the west side of Main and North Main streets, the equipment will head back to the newly-created steps at the downtown parking lot on the east side of Main and Sunapee Streets and head north again, ending at the intersection of Park and Cedar streets.
Rieseberg said some hollow spots were discovered and repaired when the initial section of sidewalk was dug up in the Pizza Village area.
The entire project will cost the Town $213,488 based on the lone bid submitted by K.A. Stevens and Son Inc. of Newport.
Summer roadway paving scheduled for School Street and East Mountain Road is expected to start in mid-July and finish by the end of August.