SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI)-Maxine Hiatt has lived in Sullivan almost her entire life. She enjoys the community's rich atmosphere but getting around has become a much bigger concern.
"Because some of them are terrible. I don't walk too much but once in a while I walk downtown and sometimes you have to get out in the street to walk," said Hiatt.
The city of Sullivan hopes to turn that around. A grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation will help pay for a pedestrian and bike path. Mayor Clint Lamb says they have been working on this for a few weeks.
"This seven hundred thousand dollars will pick up our greenway system to make sure we have a livable, walkable, and vibrant pedestrian friendly and safe downtown area. Especially with more apartments coming downtown," said Mayor Lamb.
Mayor Lamb says it’s all part of the city’s master plan for downtown. Not only will it help people get around, there's also a hope for more local business.
"This isn't the mayor or committee just looking at a map and just saying we want trails here and there. This is part of a comprehensive master plan that connects the plaza to the downtown," said Mayor Lamb.
It’s a project that won't happen overnight but those like Hiatt hopes it will breathe new life into this growing city of hers.
"I think it’s wonderful that they’re going to do that and get it done because it's hard to walk on those sidewalks. Maybe they'll get it done I hope,” said Hiatt.
The project won’t just replace the sidewalk. They hope to add new signage, park benches, and street lamps on the new path as well.