Business owners frustrated by sidewalk restoration plans
But areas north of Bridge, or south of Merrimack Street, won't see any work.
"Our block has a tremendous amount of traffic," Grady said. "We want to make sure (pedestrians) are all right when they're walking here."
City officials put out a memo this week announcing that Lyman Construction will start work on the sidewalks next week.
The center of downtown features several blocks that are totally bricked, while blocks farther from the core have brick accents located along curbs and between concrete slabs. They were installed in the 1970s, said City Design Engineer Bruce Thomas.
Thomas said the new design calls for bricks to be much closer together — about a half-inch — and to be filled with sand. That will require less maintenance, he said.
Connors said if any money is left over, mortar on the west sidewalk from Merrimack to Stark streets will be replaced.
Meanwhile, others will have to wait. Krysten Apostoles, owner of K-Fab Boutique, wouldn't get a new sidewalk. She is on the west side of Elm Street, near Dow Street. Her sidewalk is asphalt, filled with cracks and uneven.
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