Work on the Harden Hill sidewalk project will begin this week with a target completion window of four to five months.

Nearly half of Watkinsville’s population have been waiting with bated breath for a safe and direct connection to downtown since the city announced in April that it would spend $1.1 million for the first two phases of the project. Funding comes from SPLOST, a $300,000 state grant and reserve funds. 

A future third phase will involve the construction of a 100-foot pedestrian bridge over a creek near 33 Harden Hill Road. 

The sidewalk will run for almost a mile along the north side of Harden Hill from New High Shoals Road to Water Street and then connect to Main Street.

For more on this story, see the Aug. 1 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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