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Marlow Main Street Sidewalks Revamped

Marlow, OKLa__Bumpy and disintegrating sidewalks on Marlow's main street are not only unsightly, they're downright dangerous.

But not for long.

The sidewalks from First to Fourth Streets are being replaced.

It's all possible because of a $400,000 grant from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Howard Jackson has lived in Marlow off and on since 1932. He's seen the sidewalks deteriorate over the years, and watched them trip up some of his own family.

"I believe it's worse now than I've ever seen it. My mother, when she got up in years, stumbled a few times, and also I think my wife has tripped on them, but, she never fell, luckily," said Jackson.

Marlow City Administrator Janice Cain says crews aren't widening or removing any sidewalks, they are working with the layout that was already there. She says many of the sidewalks have not been touched since the 1930's.

"They've done their work. They've fulfilled their obligations, so hopefully, what we put in will take us another hundred years," said Cain. 

Cain said trees will be planted and street lights will go up in spaces up and down the sidewalk. Wiring will for the street lights will be lined in a trench running along the sidewalk. She said that combination will alternate up and down main once the sidewalk project is complete.

Cain said one of the requirements of ODOT's grant is that the businesses along Main Street become wheelchair-accessible, like Marlow Mercantile.

Store owner Leah Green says crews are upgrading their ramp, along with the sidewalk.

"Right now, we have a little bit of a hassle factor, but we know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it's going to be very pretty...very attractive," said Green. "Once we get past these few weeks and they start on the next block...we'll be good."

"This will change the pathways of our community and there will be a new look for us and a good economic benefit for us," said Cain.

The total cost of the project will be about $800, 000. The grant will cover $400,000, while the city will make up the rest by using money in the general fund that's been set aside for one-time projects, like this.

Cain says work started on the sidewalk project this month and it is expected to be completed by January.


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