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Walk This Way! New Sidewalk Opens Along Central Avenue

After years without a clear path for pedestrians along Central Avenue, the City of Oak Forest completed a sidewalk construction project early last week. The project cost just over $55,000 and created a continuous walkway from 147th to 159th Street.

Work on the sidewalks along Central Avenue is finished and for the first time ever, Oak Forest residents have an uninterrupted sidewalk path from 147th Street to 159th Street. 

“I think the project was well worth the endeavor and even moreso that the state kicked in $50,000,” said City Administrator Troy Ishler.

The project cost roughly $55,400; $50,000 of which came from a  grant from the state of Illinois, with the remaining monies coming from the city's sidewalk escrow fund.

The walkway was installed the stretch of James Drive to Independence Drive, and in front of the Jewel Osco property, also on Central Avenue. The completed project created a continuous sidewalk from 147th Street to 159th Street. Residents are already enjoying the new path, Ishler said. 

“I've walked it several times and I've seen quite a few pedestrians on it already,” he said.

Mayor Hank Kuspa echoed Ishler's comments during a Nov. 27 council meeting, saying that one resident wasn't shy in expressing herself about the new sidewalk. 

“I did get a handwritten note at city hall. The woman dropped it off and wanted to know what took us so long, so good job on that, Troy,” Kuspa said with a chuckle.  

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Mike Fangman December 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
How much do you want to bet some kids wrote their names in it?
Tired of the B.S. December 04, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I think the new sidewalk is great but I have to wonder why this sidewalk cost $55,000 and the much shorter sidewalk in front of Hille Middle School cost $67,000.

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