State antes up for sidewalks at Newnan Crossing

by Sarah Fay Campbell


A contract has been awarded for sidewalk connections near Newnan Crossing Elementary School. The sidewalks will connect the SummerGrove neighborhood with the school, and will be funded through a grant from the Safe Routes to School program. 

After years of planning, new sidewalks at Newnan Crossing Elementary School on Lower Fayetteville Road will soon become a reality.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a bid for the sidewalk project, and the estimated completion date is July 31, 2014.

The 5-foot-wide sidewalk is being built with a Safe Routes to School grant, which was originally awarded in 2010. The sidewalk will connect Belltree Circle, a part of SummerGrove, to the school.

"We're really excited about the sidewalk," said Newnan Crossing Principal Terri Lassetter. Currently, there are gaps between existing sidewalks. Some parents like to walk their children to school during the warmer months and "they have been walking among the mud and the grass. And sometimes that grass gets really tall," Lassetter said. "There is nowhere for them to go safely on Lower Fayetteville Road."

In 2010, both Newnan Crossing and Welch elementary schools showed interest in the Safe Routes to Schools program.

The city of Newnan received a $43,000 grant from Safe Routes to School for Newnan Crossing sidewalks in 2010. The project really began rolling in June 2012, when a concept plan was approved.

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded the construction contract to R.J. Haynie and Associates for $90,578.70.

"It's been a long process," said Lassetter. "It takes a long time. I just appreciate the DOT and the city pursuing it and helping to get it."

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