RINGGOLD, Ga. — Ringgold City Council members recently hired a Suwanne , Ga., engineering firm to design a $250,000 streetscape for the downtown area.
“We are happy to be moving ahead on this project,” City Manager Dan Wright said. “It will add improvements to the city’s core area, starting the process to upgrade the downtown.”
The project has been scaled back because funding is less than the $385,000 state transportation grant the city sought, Mr. Wright said. The work includes new curbing and guttering, new sidewalks, crosswalks and landscaping.
Clark Patterson Lee prepared the grant application and has started work on construction documents. A possible bid date was not available, officials said.
Councilman Bill McMillon said city officials will continue to apply for more grants.
“The way things have gone up, we have scaled back considerably what we wanted to do,” Mr. McMillon said. “The (Georgia) DOT did tell us that sometimes you have submit two or three times to get enough to get it all done.”
The first phase will add sidewalks and trees on Nashville Street, making downtown more appealing to customers and businesses, Mr. McMillon said. The second phase will add more parking.
“Our second phase, what we were hoping to being doing now, is General Cleburn Street, directly behind the businesses,” he said.
“We have a little flooding in there from time to time. When we get that phase, we will drop that street down a foot or two, and have sidewalks and additional parking there,” he said. “We hope that will encourage the merchants to upgrade facades to entice people to enter from the rear.”