While contractors push to complete sidewalk improvements underway on Columbia Street in downtown Lafayette, the city is prepping for major renovations on Main Street next year.
The city signed a $4 million contract with Milestone Contractors to rebuild the sidewalks on Main Street between Fourth and Eighth streets.
Economic Development Director Dennis Carson says other amenities include planters, decorative lighting and widened sidewalks in places where people can congregate.
"It's also to make downtown a destination, again, to make it more pedestrian friendly," Carson says. "Make it more inviting so people spend more time downtown and visit more businesses downtown."
Carson says Milestone will use the winter months to order materials and lay the groundwork so crews can get a head start on the 2016 construction season.
The project will be funded through bonds the city sold last year.
Work is scheduled for completion next fall.