Sidewalk connects cohousing, downtown |

Sidewalk connects cohousing, downtown

A new sidewalk connecting Nevada City’s cohousing project and three nearby residences to the historic downtown has been completed, thanks in part to half-cent transportation sales tax funds, city officials said Thursday.

The new 500-foot sidewalk on Chief Kelly Drive shows what city officials hope to accomplish with their new transportation sales tax funds, they said.

The city is accepting bids for road work projects scheduled under the sales tax program. Officials expect to open the bids June 27; work could begin the following month.

Local traffic mitigation fees and Nevada County transportation funds provided the $25,000 needed for the project, which took a week to complete, according to a city press release.

Nevada City voters approved the transportation sales tax last year. Planners expect the tax to raise more than $7 million during the next 16 years.

“We are very pleased to be removing a hazardous situation and creating this amenity,” City Engineer Bill Falconi said.

Kids now can walk safely downtown and to other areas of town, Katie McCamant, president of developer CoHousing Partners in Nevada City, said.

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