Million dollar beautification project in Petersburg

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A busy corridor is getting a million dollar facelift. East Washington Street is the main gateway into Petersburg. A section of the street is being outfitted with new sidewalks, lights and much more.

Curtis Jones lives on East Washington Street. He calls the construction work on his block long overdue.

"I really hope they do all of Petersburg like that," said Jones.

Brick by brick, a path to beauty is being paved. The street now has iron railings and columns. New sidewalks, curbing, and lighting are being added. Its a million dollar project funded through grants and donations.

"It was in horrible disrepair. It was embarrassing," said Bill Patton, Petersburg Foundation.

The Petersburg Foundation adopted this section of East Washington between Madison and South Jefferson. The foundation teamed up with the city to improve what you see when passing through this corridor.

"We love the city. We're doing this from our hearts. It's the first thing you see when you come into our city. First impressions are lasting and we hope what we're doing here can carry on back east toward the gate to Fort Lee," said Paton.

The beautification project has resulted in residents getting free work done on their homes.

"We're taking the pavers directly to the front stoop so we have the continuity of the same type of material and they're thrilled because it's at no cost to them," said Patton.

Curtis gave the green light for the work to be done on his property. He's thankful it's free and happy his neighborhood is being spruced up.

"Our house is going to look good and neighborhood going to look good," Jones said.

The project is expected to be finished within the next few weeks.

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