Neosho residents will have the opportunity to learn more about an upcoming sidewalk project at a public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lampo Center, 500 E. Spring St.

City staff will host the public meeting and a representative from the engineering firm Allgeier, Martin and Associates will also be on hand to answer questions.

The City of Neosho plans to begin work on a grant-funded sidewalk, stretching from near the Neosho National Fish Hatchery on McKinney Street to the old Benton School site on Park Street, in 2014.

Dana Daniel, the city’s director of development services, said the project is expected to cost the city $69,500.

The total project cost comes to an estimated $279,500, with the remainder covered by a Missouri Department of Transportation Surface Transportation Program grant.

“The purpose is basically to take our trail system, which has been running parallel to Hickory Creek, into one of our neighborhoods,” Daniel said. “So that it will actually give access by the trail to the hatchery and to the former Benton school site and also by doing so you’re starting to incorporate some neighborhoods into it now.”

The trail is expected to begin at the bridge located between the Neosho National Fish Hatchery and Kwik Mart, on McKinney Street, and continue west along McKinney Street, then south onto Hamilton Street, before turning east onto Park Street, where it will end at the former Benton school site, which is currently a city green space.

The project includes replacement of existing sidewalks and installation of handicap access at certain locations along the trail.

Daniel said the city’s intention in holding Tuesday’s meeting is to give the public, specifically residents who live along the path of the project, the chance to ask questions and learn more about the upcoming work.

“The public meeting is to explain the project to those residents who live along the route where the sidewalk improvements will take place,” Daniel said, noting that letters had been sent out from the city to each resident who lives adjacent to the sidewalk. “It’s so they have a chance to come and learn what it’s about, what’s going on and do they have questions that we need to answer for them. It’s just so we can exchange information.”

The meeting is also expected to cover how disruptions to traffic flow will be handled for businesses impacted by the construction.

The City of Neosho announced they had received the MoDOT grant in January.

The sidewalk is planned to pick up where the city’s last trail update left off, near the hatchery.

Neosho’s most recent trails project was completed in October 2012 and included the construction of a 10-foot wide concrete trail, running around the east side of the Morse Park soccer fields, between the fields and Hickory Creek, and connecting Spring Street with McKinney Street, using a similar MoDOT grant along with private donations.

The upcoming sidewalk project plans for the addition of a 2,750-foot long, five-foot wide section.

For more information, contact Daniel at 451-8050.