Work began Thursday to build a sidewalk on the west, railroad-track side of Jackson Street in Davidson.
The project aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to downtown and South Main Street for westside residents.
The town is paying Carolina Siteworks Inc. of China Grove about $90,000 to build the sidewalk. The project should be complete in early June.
Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, town officials said. Some parking spaces along Jackson will be blocked off throughout the project to expedite the work.
The sidewalk also should improve accessibility to the Davidson Farmer’s Market for those who park on Jackson and Depot streets and at Davidson Presbyterian Church and Sadler Square on Saturdays.
Access should also improve to and from Brickhouse Tavern, Our Town Cinemas, Healthy Home Market and The Egg at Davidson.
The project was ranked a high priority in the 2013 Davidson Walks and Rolls Plan.
“Our Walks and Rolls Active Transportation Plan states that approximately 70 percent of our citizens don’t feel comfortable riding their bikes on our streets,” Town Manager Jamie Justice said in a news release announcing the start of work on the sidewalk. “This new 10-foot-wide sidewalk will enable more bicyclists to ride safely along Jackson Street.”