High Point adding sidewalks to make city more pedestrian friendly

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The City of High Point is adding sidewalks to make it easier and safer for people to walk around.

“People need sidewalks to get from place to place, you have a lot of people who don't have automobiles,” said Greg Venable, transportation planning administrator for High Point. “You don't want people walking in the street, on a road, that has a 45 mph speed limit.”

Adding sidewalks is a part of The High Point Pedestrian Plan. The city is asking for your input that you can submit here.

The Department of Transportation and High Point are spending $70,000 in research to identify areas that could benefit from this project. Workers are looking at areas across the city that do not have sidewalks: identifying places that have a history of pedestrian-vehicle accidents, or are popular walking routes.

Right now, workers are gathering data and information for this project. Some streets that project coordinators have already identified as areas that could benefit from this project are Kirkwood Street, parts of Main Street and Eastchester Drive. The final list of streets that will see new sidewalks is expected in the early Fall.

The cost of construction for the project is unknown at this time and is dependent on the final results of the city’s research.

People who live in the city say there’s a need for this project.

“These are the important things we need to talk about,” said Tiffany Motsinger, who lives along Kirkwood Street, one of the areas identified as a potential location for upcoming sidewalks. "I’ve been clipped before pushing the stroller. It happens. That's what happens when you don't have sidewalks."

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