Contractors are working to finish up the Conway Streetscape project before the Parade of Oranges, slated for Jan. 31.
The project originally was scheduled to finish in November, but weather delays have pushed the completion date back. The $2.5 million initiative reconstructed sidewalks from First to 14th Streets with pavers and placed benches, planters and palm trees along Conway.
“If you look at the 14 blocks, every block is commercial, mom and pops, local businesses. I think the city and the contractor have done an excellent job when it comes to traffic control,” said Mission City Manager Martin Garza. “One of our priorities was making sure that the businesses wouldn’t close down during construction.”
The city is working to ensure the sidewalk meets the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Garza said. While the project is unfinished, a block of dirt surrounds the newly planted palm trees, but that block will be covered with a grate, which counts into the measurements for compliance with ADA.
Currently, there are two places that will have to be reworked to accommodate those with disabilities, Garza said.
“It was a challenging construction when it comes to ADA; however, at the end of construction, it’s going to be completely ADA compliant,” Garza said.
Mostly pending now are the light posts from AEP from the 900 block on up to 14th Street, Garza said, adding that Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas has received several phone calls about how nice south end of the project looks.
The splash pad at First Street is semi-complete, Garza said, and the city is working on beautification of the rest of the park as a separate project. The beautification portion includes two basketball courts, a parking lot, irrigation and a walking trail through the three blocks that comprise the park. Plus, a $150,000 grant from the Freedom Fund is paying for a new sidewalk with benches and lighting across the three blocks.