Lafayette resident speaks out over sidewalks

Some people living in Lafayette have concerns over their sidewalks. One neighbor took his concern to the mayor, which caused some controversy.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 12:55 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 1:02 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some people living in Lafayette have concerns over their sidewalks. One neighbor took his concern to the mayor, which caused some controversy.

"There is some corners in my neighborhood that are not paved, so what it is is the sidewalk goes and then it stops and there's a mud patch there," neighbor Russell Bridges said.

Bridges lives near 11th and Ferry streets. He brought up his concerns to some city leaders.

"As somebody who is a pedestrian, I don't really drive very much. I try to bike and I walk a lot," Bridges said.

He said he's concerned over the lack of sidewalk near Ferry Street. Every time he tries to cross the street, he steps in a mud patch rather than on pavement.

"The reason the city controller said they did this is because is when they have an intersection without a stop sign then it comes to a flat stop and it can have a descending stop," said Bridges.

Bridges said it's been a problem along 10th and Ferry as well, at least until recently. Another resident brought the issue to the city a few weeks ago and now those sidewalks by her home are fixed.

"Maybe this was some sort of favoritism," said Bridges.

Mayor Tony Roswarski said that accusation offends him.

"That's an absolutely ridiculous comment to make," said Roswarski.
Roswarski said the city is in a real crunch to get current projects done. The city was granted more than a million dollars for a community crossings grant to revamp areas on South and Columbia streets.

"Those were already on the list to get done. We will certainly work on getting those others done," the mayor said.
Roswarski said the sidewalks near Bridges' home will be fixed, he just doesn't have a timeline of when.

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