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May 14, 2014

Marlow sidewalk project complete, grand opening set

MARLOW — It’s safe for people to walk the sidewalks of Marlow again.

The sidewalk construction project began about May 2013 and was officially completed this April. With the project completed, the City of Marlow has scheduled a dedication ceremony to take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in front of the Lions Club building in downtown Marlow.

This dedication ceremony will include a ribbon cutting on all four corners of Main and Broadway. People are lined up to cut the ribbons simultaneously. Additionally, various downtown merchants will keep their businesses opened during the celebration.

“Everyone involved in the project feels as if they have survived a lot,” Marlow City Administrator Jason McPherson said. “Now is the opportunity to take a closer look at the finished product, and get reacquainted with the businesses that have battled through the 48-week construction.”

The project began as a way to make sidewalks safer and to make them comply with ADA regulations. With inclement weather, including several heavy rains, the project has continued to push back since the beginning. Initially, the completion date was expected to be in December 2013 or January of this year.

During Thursday’s celebration, drawings for gift certificates will take place, following the ribbon cutting at 7 p.m. The gift certificates are funded by the Marlow Economic Development Authority and can be used Thursday night at the locally-owned businesses that touch the sidewalk.

“It will give the downtown people a little boost for all the headaches they had to go through,” McPherson said.

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