UPDATE 12/13: Per City Engineer Tony Coe, the city will spend $350,000 from its downtown streetlights replacement reserve fund to meet its matching funds requirement.
The sidewalks in Lafayette are going to get a whole lit more spiffy. The city has won a $1.2 million federal Transportation for Livable Communities grant to upgrade the sidewalks on Mt. Diablo Boulevard between Lafayette Circle/Oak Grove Road and Mountain View Drive.
The grant will pay for the removal of the old concrete sidewalks and replace them with brick paving. The design will also include stone planters, street furniture, decorative billboards, Victorian-style street lights and public art.
Portions of the street, in front of the Lafayette Mercantile Building as well as the Town Centre shops across the street, already have some of those improvements. The new sidewalks will replicate much of what is already in place, said City Manager Steven Falk.
“It will provide a little more integration and coherence to the downtown,” Falk said.
The city hopes to finalize the project design shortly after the first of the year and have construction begin sometime next summer, he said.
The City Council will receive an overview of the plan at a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Lafayette library.