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Hague Avenue to receive sidewalks
|Photo by Sean V. Lehosit
Mayor Michael Coleman celebrates with Hilltop leader Lisa Boggs and Pastor Karen Cook in front of Crossroads United Methodist Church on July 29, after announcing 0.64 miles of sidewalk will be constructed down Hague Avenue between Briggs Road and West Mound Street.
As part of $4 million invested by the city of Columbus toward pedestrian safety, 0.64 miles of sidewalk are being installed down both sides of Hague Avenue between Briggs Road and West Mound Street.
The city has built almost 68 miles of sidewalk since 2000 and has 19 sidewalk projects planned for 2011. Seven of which are either completed or under construction.
This project will also connect nearly 2 miles of sidewalk placed down Briggs Road in 2007, which Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said provides safer passage to two schools – Binns Elementary and Briggs High School.
“We’re trying to make this city more pedestrian friendly oriented…,” Coleman said. “These new sidewalks will allow families to walk more safely along Hague Avenue.”
According to Columbus City Council member Eileen Paley, connecting sidewalks brings the community closer to recreation centers and schools through an improved infrastructure.
“The city is continuing an aggressive campaign to improve transportation options all around Columbus,” Paley said.
Lisa Boggs, Hilltop community leader, said the sidewalk increases mobility and neighborhood communication.
“Building sidewalks in neighborhoods is vital to the safety of pedestrians including children who walk to and from school every day, those who have no other form of transportation, and disabled or elderly residents who need to get to and from their appointments,” Boggs said.
Sidewalks should be completed on the Hague Avenue project around October.
The construction of sidewalks is determined by the proximity of schools, public facilities, traffic volume, and the location of COTA stops.
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