By Kaitlin Fleming
The City of Attalla is in the process of improving and Mayor Larry Means is excited about the possibilities.
Currently, work is under way to redo the sidewalks along 4th Street from 6th Avenue to the end of the city limits. Once the sidewalks are complete, 4th Street will be repaved.
Sidewalk in front of old Attalla Elementary School under construction
This project is being completed with the help of a $926,000 grant through Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP).
“We were tickled to death to receive this grant,” said Means.
The ATRIP grant also helped pave Burke Avenue, in Camp Sibert near Etowah High School.
This project should take about 85 days to complete. There may be a few detours throughout the project, but progress takes patience.
“It will be a little inconvenience for a lot of progress,” said Means.
The city is also in the process of tearing down and clearing off the land that the old Attalla Elementary School sits on. Many residents are sad to see it go, but according to Mayor Means, the building cannot be salvaged. The building has significant damage from sitting vacant for so many years.
Attalla Elementary School to be torn down
The city has not decided on what they will do with the property once it has been cleared, but loosely speaking, the possibilities are endless.