The secondary access road to the school complex from North Avenue is expected to take about 18 months to construct.
Rome City Commissioner Buzz Wachsteter said the ceremony will last about a half-hour and include school officials, parents, student representatives and the school band.
Members of the SPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee also will be invited to the event, which is open to the public. The 2006 special purpose, local option sales tax package earmarked $2.9 million for the project.
The announcement came Tuesday during a meeting of the public works committee, which Wachsteter chairs. Officials also provided updates on other projects.
The new trail will start at South Broad Street and Branham Avenue, and follow the Etowah River to link with the Silver Creek Trail. Funding comes from a combination of state grants and city money.
Milam said a staging area for the 2006 SPLOST project would be set up on city-owned property at the corner of Cave Spring and East Main streets.
Building officials have been notifying property owners whose old street-front retaining walls are likely to crumble when the sidewalks are removed and replaced. City crews will stabilize the slope, Milam said, but replacing a wall is the responsibility of the owner.
Construction on the 2006 SPLOST project is expected to take nine months, Milam said.
Finance Director Sheree Shore said two are fully funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus package, and the others come through a grant that pays 95 percent of the cost.
Milam said ridership is up from last year, possibly because of increased “route deviation.” The policy allows for some detours from the fixed routes if a demand for service is present.
“It’s enough for all the Rome city school crossings,” he said.
Wachsteter said the club was concerned the material in use was not noticeable in dim light, so members chipped in to buy, “at 10 bucks apiece,” highly reflective flags similar to those used at airports.