WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Construction is well underway on a new sidewalk along Kemp, and Wichita Falls city leaders are hoping to have it complete before your Christmas shopping begins.
In June city councilors passed a resolution for a sidewalk to be installed along Kemp from Midwestern Pkwy to Southwest Pkwy, right in front of Sikes Center Mall.
The plan was for the project to be done by February, but it's already 50 percent complete and the city is optimistic the quick progress will continue.
Deputy Director of Public Works, Teresa Rose, said the goal of the project is to provide more transportation options to people shopping at the mall and surrounding stores.
She said it's something the whole department is excited about.
"We do have a lot of base personnel that are bused to the shopping mall area and walks a lot on the weekends to get to the different shopping areas," Rose said. "So this will help make it an easier walk for them, a safer walk for them."
The project will cost $482,000. 80 percent will be paid for by TxDOT and the additional 20 percent by Wichita Falls.
Rose said that, right now, there is no reason to believe the project will go over budget.
Director of Public Works, Russell Schreiber, said there are more people walking and riding their bikes now than 20 or 30 years ago, and that's made this project a necessity.
Rose said weather and unexpected delays are always possible, which could push construction back. However, she believes work will be done by the end of the year.