3 blocks of Bott Avenue getting new sidewalk

       New sidewalk is being laid, as needed, along both sides of Bott Avenue between 23rd and 26th streets this month through the federally funded, city-run Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
       According to city project coordinator Don Sides, the work is the major part of of $162,000 in Westside upgrades under the CDBG and city pedestrian-ramp programs.
       Other work includes new sidewalk in the 1300 block of Westend Avenue and installations of pedestrian ramp and sidewalks, in spot locations, he said.
       The construction zeroes out the 2007 CDBG budget for the Westside Neighborhood Strategy Area (NSA), Sides added. An NSA is an area designated by the city for federally funded public improvements by qualifying under criteria of income levels and infrastructure needs.
       Mostly consisting of the older Westside (including Midland), the Westside NSA is slated to get $290,431 for the '08 fiscal year, starting in April, according to Sides.
       He plans to meet soon with the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), the local advocacy group, and residents to help decide how to spend the allocation. “There's a lot of work we can do on the Westside,” he said.
       The contractor on the current projects is NORAA Concrete Construction, which has also done work for the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.

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