Neighbors Ask City for More Sidewalks for Country Club Road

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.--- The city council approved a project to add sidewalks to a portion of Country Club Road. However, there are still neighbors who are asking for more to be done.

The project that would cost nearly $90,000 would add sidewalks from the Spotswood Trailer Park to Linda Lane. It would also add a signalized crosswalk in the intersection of Linda Lane and Country Club Road. The improvements would be ready this fall.

Katrina Gerald who lives near the road is happy to see this project moving forward. However, she would like to see sidewalks and bike paths from Route 33 to Vine street. She collected nearly 600 signatures from people who want that to change.

"These are still people that are going to be utilizing, trespassing illegally the railroad tracks because that is safer than walking on Country Club Road," said Gerald.

Council member Richard Baugh said the overpass would have to be fixed before adding sidewalks in that area.

"You can spend a whole lot of money on that and still really not be safer for bikes and pedestrians than what it is right now," said Gerald.

He said even if the city adds sidewalks under the overpass, people would still be walking very close to cars. In addition, he said if a pedestrian path is added, it would have to cross the railroad tracks twice. Some excavation would also be required, according to Baugh.

He said the city plans to make major improvements to Country Club Road in the future, which could cost more than $12 million. The city would have to borrow the money for the project.

"It is not something that we would be lying in an account somewhere that we would say, let's write a check or let's just authorize $12 million dollars," said Baugh.

Gerald said the benefits would outweigh the costs of the project.

"If we kill or [hurt] someone on this road, I say people would be willing to spend all kinds of money to get the issue resolved but to me that is too late," said Gerald.


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