Sidewalks being built near TJ Austin Elementary School following students' request

City officials plan to track down those original students and thank them for making the city a bit safer.

Sidewalks being built near TJ Austin Elementary School following students' request

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -Plans for a sidewalk project that has been in the works since 2015 are moving forward, and the driving force behind the idea was elementary students.

Following a 2015 presentation at TJ Austin Elementary School, City Council member Ed Moore said he was stopped by a group of students wanting a safer commute.

“Some kids I believe fourth- and fifth-graders presented me with a letter,” Moore said. “The letter was stating that they needed sidewalks because they walk in the streets on the way home.”

Sidewalks Being Built Near TJ Austin Elementary School Following Students' Request

Moore said he made it is mission to have sidewalks constructed around the campus before leaving office. Today, the city council voted to move forward with the walkways design.

The city says the sidewalks should be ready by the start of the next school year. Sidewalks will be constructed at the corner of Franklin and Palace going south and the corner of Franklin and Moore going south.

Once that’s done, city officials plan to track down those original students and thank them for their part in making the City of Tyler a bit safer.

“I would like to meet those young people face to face and say, ‘Here is your sidewalk,’” Moore said. “I’m going to see this all the way through. Whether I’m in office or not, I will be there.”

The sidewalks will be funded using community development block grant funds.

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