Walking along Legion Drive in front of Hamburg Central High School's Howe Field should get easier with the installation of sidewalks this year.
Construction is to start next month on the sidewalks as the first step in the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative, Village Administrator Don Witkowski said.
Village Board members on Monday awarded a $612,604 contract to Scott Lawn Yard for the new sidewalk system that will link the high school-middle school complex on Legion with Main Street. Federal funding will pay for 80 percent of the cost.
The initiative to accommodate walking, biking and driving will improve sidewalks from Legion Drive at the high school and middle school, down Division Street to Prospect Avenue past the Community Center and Youth Center, to Union Pleasant Elementary School to Center Street, which connects with Main Street.
Goals of the project include promoting the health of residents, preventing vehicles from dominating the environment while encouraging safe speeds and creating a "comfortable pedestrian environment," according to the village.
An informational kiosk will be placed across from the Youth Center on Prospect. Existing 4-foot wide sidewalks are to be replaced with 5-foot wide sidewalks, and improvements will be made at crosswalks.
Replacement of sidewalks will start after school ends in June, and is to be finished by the time school starts in September, Witkowski said.