HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) - People in Houston can expect to be walking on new sidewalks in the downtown area.
The "Houston Sidewalk Project 2020" has been approved by the Board of Aldermen and funded by the Houston Tourism Council.
However, according to Mayor Stacey Parker, no work can be done until there is a clear patch in the weather forecast.
The mayor said he is hopeful to begin work as soon as possible because he feels the sidewalks in Pinson Square have needed work for many years.
Houston hired KNK Construction and Ausbern Construction as the project's contractors. The work is expected to be completed in the summer.
However, the mayor said it's up to the contractors to decide when to begin construction.
Parker said if contractors were to begin ripping up the old sidewalks, while rain is in the forecast, nearby businesses could experience flooding issues.
According to Parker, the $600,000-plus project will include completely re-doing the sidewalks along the west, north, and east sides on the Square.
In addition to new sidewalks, there will also be pedestrian lights placed along the new sidewalks, as well as handicap entrances on each end.
Parker said the project is a push by community members and the tourism council to help bring more life to the downtown area.