KAYSVILLE -- Orange cones are a welcome sight in one Kaysville neighborhood.
It means a long-awaited sidewalk is under construction, and for 11-year-old Braxton Hartmann, it's a dream come true.
"If you have a dream and you work at it and work at it, you can finally get it done," said the Snow Horse Elementary School fifth-grader.
Braxton's dream of a sidewalk began two years ago when he was in third grade, said his mother, Barbara Hartmann.
The family lives half a mile away from Snow Horse Elementary, but because there are no sidewalks and the road is narrow, Davis School District buses students to the school.
About 80 percent of Snow Horse Elementary students are bused to the school even though most live within walking distance, said Shauna Lund, district community relations specialist. That's because the district determined most of the routes are hazardous.
Braxton said he wanted to ride his bicycle or walk to school, but his parents forbade it because it was unsafe.
"Riding a bus takes too long," Braxton said.
Braxton made fliers asking for aluminum-can donations from neighbors. He even got his school involved.
The next thing he knew, he was dressed in a white shirt and a tie and making a presentation to the city council.
"He's an incredible young man," said Councilman Ron Stephens.
Stephens lives in Braxton's neighborhood, read the flier and invited the boy to a city council meeting.
Braxton said he pledged to raise as much money as he could for the sidewalk. He collected enough aluminum to donate $391, he said.
That is about a penny per can, or 3,900 cans, said Barbara Hartmann.
Braxton said, when he saw the workers start to work on the sidewalk, "I was super speechless."
Mayor Steve Hiatt said Braxton "identified a need for his neighborhood and took action himself to solve it."
After that meeting, the council asked city staff to apply for a federal grant through the Safe Sidewalk Program, said City Engineer Andy Thompson.
The city received a $200,000 grant, which is paying for about 800 feet of sidewalk, curb and gutter, along Angel Street, Smith Lane and Ramola Street, Thompson said.
No city money is being used.
Curb, gutter and sidewalk will also be constructed on the west side of Roeche Lane and down Thomas Drive.
The work began last week and should be completed within 30 days.
As for the $391 Braxton donated to the city, Thompson said, "We will apply that in some fashion to this project."
Lund said the school district will continue busing students this school year after the sidewalk is built and this summer will re-evaluate the area, along with other routes that have been deemed hazardous.