BONO, AR (KAIT) - People should soon see changes taking place in Bono.
The city was awarded a much-needed grant that is going to help make some major improvements.
"We applied for a grant a few months back," Bono Mayor Danny Shaw said. "It's from the Arkansas Highway Department. It was for $264,000 we were awarded and it's going to be used to do work on College Street."
Mayor Shaw said the money will be used to change a number of different things about the highly traveled road.
"We're really excited about it," Shaw said. "Our plan is to have sidewalks down both sides of the street. We'll have enclosed drainage and a little bit wider street. I think it'll make the citizens of Bono really proud and it will be much safer."
Shaw said College Street has more than a high volume of vehicles on it.
He said there's a lot of people walking to stores in town.
"We have apartments back here behind city hall," Shaw said. "There a probably one hundred or more and a lot of these people have to walk. All the shopping is on the west end of College Street at the Dollar General, Auto Parts Store and Kum and Go. Those people have to walk from here to there almost daily, a lot of them."
Bono resident Pollie Wilson said she's looking forward to seeing construction underway.
"I think I'm excited about it," Wilson said. "We really need this road widened. We need a sidewalk because there are so many people walking on it at night and you can't see them. So, it needs to be improved."
Shaw said this project has been something city representatives have been looking into for a while now.
"It was just something we all saw needed to be done," Shaw said. "We've seen it needed to be done for years. Even before I was Mayor. This was looked at with previous administration and the money just wasn't available. And now that we've got a grant last year for $375,000 and this grant for $264,000 we'll be able to do this street in a real deluxe fashion."
Shaw said they're just waiting to get the green light to get started.
"We've been going through the process with the highway department," Shaw said. "They're going to make sure we do our job right and we do this street right. They're going to monitor this the whole step of the way. And at this point we've had a lot of hoops to jump through to be sure we were in compliance."
Mayor Shaw said he believes they should get approval within the next few weeks.
Phase one will take place from Main Street to Lenford Drive.
Phase two will be from Lenford to Woodland Trail.
Once they get approval they can put out a bid for the project.
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