Burlington council to discuss adding more sidewalks

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington officials will go to city council next week with plans to replace many grass and dirt paths alongside city streets with actual sidewalks.

Transportation officials have spoken with neighbors and businesses about possible locations for sidewalks.

Some paths have been worn so much that the grass has turned into dirt.

"It's nice to fill in gaps where it's obviously needed, but there are areas where you look at the bigger picture that will give you a longer opportunity to walk," said Mike Nunn, transportation manager.

Planners hope people will take strolls to parks and shops like they used to do.

"Livability and sustainability are popular words these days, but back many years ago, those were standard items in a neighborhood," Nunn said.

The city recently added sidewalks to South Mebane Street. Wendell Greenidge said the sidewalks mean he's no longer walking so close to traffic--and he gets out more often.

"I love to walk. I walk everywhere, get my exercise in and have solid ground to walk on instead of grass and dirt. It's a lot better," Greenidge said.