Construction workers will continue to pave the 5.3-mile stretch of sidewalk on both sides of Padre Boulevard.

The improvement project is expected to be finished by August of next year.

“We’re right on schedule,” said Dennis Stahl, SPI mayoral candidate. “Right now we are going at a pretty good pace.”

For four months now, construction crews have been working around the Island visitors as they replace the sidewalks in areas of the city with less traffic.

Both sides of Padre Boulevard starting at Isla Blanca Park and going north all the way to The Shores will be paved for walkers.

The sidewalks are going to be 6 feet wide and on the edges of the sidewalk there will be room for beatification with flowers along the strip for monarch butterflies to take advantage of.

“There will be butterfly and other types of succulent plants that will make sidewalks even prettier,” Stahl said.

Total cost of the sidewalk project is $3,452,509.

The contractor began April 24.

The work has been ongoing every day.

“Approximately one year from today, our Island is going to have a new look,” Stahl said. “We are very pleased

By RAUL GARCIA Staff Writer