- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The city of Columbus will use $200,000 to help pay for pedestrian walkways to connect Catfish Alley and the Tennessee Williams home.

The $160,000 from the Mississippi Department of Transportation will be used to restore of two alleyways that run between the two tourist attractions. The city of Columbus is matching the grant with $10,000 while the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide $30,000.

Mayor Robert Smith tells The Commercial Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1jEh9do ) the money will be spent on additional landscaping, lighting, signs and decorative railings. The project also includes construction of a stage.

Project engineer Kevin Stafford says the project would be completed early next year.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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