Community Requests Sidewalks to Improve Safety for Kids

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- Community members are asking for the City of Harrisonburg to add sidewalks to the Northeast neighborhood to make it safer for kids.

"It is very dangerous, the traffic is very heavy up through here," said Barbara Seekford, who lives near Sterling Street.

The area along Sterling street has no sidewalks, something one community member says is of some concern, especially for children as they are going to school."

Karen Thomas with the Northeast neighborhood association first posted her concern to the city's new online listening post 'Be heard Harrisonburg'

There she suggests adding new sidewalks to the 600 block of Myrtle street and Sterling street.

For in her words, "a safe route to school for children".

Seekford said nearly a dozen children wait for the school bus in the neighborhood.

She has lived in the area for close to 30 years and agrees with Thomas.

"Very hectic, scary, because they had to walk in the road," said Seekford, describing the conditions her children had to endure in the area when they went to school.

Her kids are now grown up, but she still she clings to the same fear for other children in the neighborhood.

"We've asked that property owners donate that land a couple feet, whatever we need to get those sidewalks in, we had explored this topic with the Northeast neighborhood in about 2008, some of the neighbors weren't interested at the time," said Thanh Dang, who is the City of Harrisonburg's Public Works Planner.

After hearing the city's explanation, Seekford is calling for her neighbors to be more cooperative

"They can probably give up a couple feet of it, to make it a little safer, even on one side of the street," said Seekford.

The city has added some new sidewalks in nearby areas.

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