TYLER (KYTX) -Sometimes the best way to get around town is on your own two feet. But, sometimes Juan Harney's concrete pathway turns into a narrow passage of dirt.
"I've come to areas where it will be a sidewalk and then it turns into grass for the next block," said Juan Harney.
The City of Tyler is already adding new sidewalks around town using money from the half cent sales tax. A tax that is used to pay for public needs, such as streets and traffic control.
We saw some of these new sidewalks for ourselves on Bow street and North Broadway.
"I like to walk often, but I can't, because there are no sidewalks in my area," said Robert L.
Starting in March 2015, the city will use a grant of more than $1.6 million federal dollars to fix that problem.
New sidewalks will be located near major roadways, such as Old Jacksonville Highway, North North West Loop 323, and West Martin Luther King Boulevard, just to name a few.
For Juan Harney, who moved to Tyler back in 2007. He's all about more ways for him to get around town.
"It's a lot better than it was back then. I see they are making changes, some updates and some improvements," said Harney.
To get that $1.6 million grant, the City of Tyler had to apply through the 2012 Transportation Enhancement Program.
The grant funds will allow the City of Tyler to be reimbursed for 80 percent of the construction cost for the new sidewalks.
List of Locations:
Old Jacksonville Hwy Lake Placid Rd to Loop 323 WSW
Mockingbird Ln S Peach Ave to S Broadway Ave
Loop 323 NNW Van Hwy to W Erwin St
Garden Valley Rd Bradley Ave to N Glenwood Blvd
W Gentry Pkwy Van Hwy to N Palace Ave
W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd N Palace Ave to N Broadway Ave
W Gentry Pkwy N Palace Ave to N Broadway Ave
S Beckham Ave E Houston St to Troup Hwy
E 5th St S Beckham Ave to S Clayton Ave