Dan Reinhart Masonry and DMCE Inc. Concrete and Engineering Services were working last week to extend the Zion Street-Nevada City Highway sidewalk from Ridge Road to Banner Lava Cap Road.
The half-mile-long project is funded by state funds from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, which is designated to encourage people to walk more and drive less.
Eventually, as the sidewalk continues on the Grass Valley side, residents will be able to walk from Nevada City to the Glenbrook Basin, with wheelchair access, as well.
The first leg of the sidewalk project, which started in 2012, connected downtown Nevada City to the Seven Hills Business District.
The first phase of the project connected sidewalks along Pine Street to Searls Avenue, via Valley Street, and continue toward Ridge and Gold Flat roads, then loop back along Zion Street. The route is expected to be completed in 60 days.
The second portion extends the approximately three-mile path along Nevada City Highway into Grass Valley. That work was scheduled to begin in 2013 at a budgeted cost of $412,000.
Western Nevada County is allocated about $1 million annually for CMAQ projects because it is designated as a “nonattainment area” from not reaching air quality standards thanks to pollution from Sacramento.
That money can be used on a wide range of projects, as long as bidders demonstrate a benefit to air quality.