Sidewalks, or a lack thereof, are a bigger issue than you may think in Spokane, and Thursday the city is telling neighbors on the north side of town their plans to make one neighborhood safer.
Rowan Avenue is an arterial street, so sidewalks that aren't wheelchair accessible just wont cut it. Besides that there are really just patches of sidewalks on Rowan that just sort of end, so you end up either walking on someone's grass or in the street. Neighbors say it's a safety issue that they're happy to see the city address
"My son goes to school right over here so you know the sidewalk will at least give people a safe place to walk," Anthony Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw hasn't lived at his home near the intersection of Rowan Ave. and Madison Road very long, but he's already noticed some issues with pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
"Lots of time, people don't even slow down, they don't even acknowledge when they turn that corner right there at Rowan off of Monroe and boom its on the gas right down to Maple," he said.
Bradshaw is happy to see the city work to solve the problem. The plan is to build a sidewalk, 6 to 8 feet in width, from Belt Street to Monroe Street. All intersections would be ADA accessible.
The city is now in the design and bidding process and construction won't begin until early next summer with construction scheduled to be completed by the end of Summer 2014.
The city is holding a public meeting Thursday night where they will share information on the Rowan sidewalk project and hear comments.
The meeting is being held at Ridgeview Elementary School and begins at 6:30 p.m.