New sidewalks in Brookston lead to potential hazards

New sidewalks in the town Brookston are leaving some people unhappy. The addition comes as part of the Indiana Department of Transportation's reconstruction of State Road 18 and it has caused some issues. But INDOT is planning to fix it.

Posted: Oct 18, 2017 4:31 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2017 4:31 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — New sidewalks in the town Brookston are leaving some people unhappy.

The addition comes as part of the Indiana Department of Transportation's reconstruction of State Road 18 and it has caused some issues. But soon, crews will be out once again to fix those problems.

Town Board President Joe Butz says INDOT called for a greenspace along a stretch of State Road 18. But town leaders balked at that.

"We weren't going to maintain it," said Butz.

Spokesperson Doug Moats said INDOT agreed to have contractors install sidewalks.

"Something that we don't generally do, but as a good faith effort we did, in fact, agree to do that and fund that for them," said Moats.

Butz says when the work was finished, the curbs were too high and the slope was too great. This posed a tripping hazard, especially during winter.

"You really aren't going to be able to tell whether it is that bad unless we have bad weather. But we probably don't want to take that chance either," said Carol Arbuckle.

So, INDOT agreed to fix the problem and foot the $20,000 bill. Butz is appreciative of that.

"They're (INDOT) very conscious of the community, what their concerns were, and it's not INDOT's fault. I think the engineering firm they hired, I think could have done a better job in my opinion, but I may be wrong," said Butz. 

Arbuckle says the town should have stuck with the greenspace, "I personally would have preferred that that were a greenspace. I think it would have done a lot to make the area look better."

Chris Baer says the project looks nice overall, but wishes it wasn't so rushed.

"Getting it done at the last minute is probably what put us into this jam. As long as they're (INDOT) is willing to fix it, I think everybody's willing to work with them and happy to get the project over with," said Baer.

Moats says the sidewalks are currently ADA compliant. He expects repair work to begin in the next couple of weeks.

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