City seeks sidewalks to park

Published 11:56 pm Monday, April 21, 2014

Would local residents be more likely to walk to Andalusia Elementary School or to Johnson Park?

That was the question members of the Andalusia City Council debated in a special meeting Monday before ultimately decided to seek funding for sidewalks to Johnson Park.

The council had already agreed to seek additional grant funding for sidewalks from the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Engineer Jeremy McMath of Civil Southeast Engineering proposed either extending sidewalks from Dunson Street to AES on Snowden and Moore Road; or to write the grant o extend sidewalks down Stanley Avenue past Johnson Park to the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. A portion of Lindsey Bridge Road also would get new sidewalks.

“My quick observation is that kids don’t walk to school anymore,” Mayor Earl Johnson said. “They have buses and parents that take them. Snowden Drive and Moore Road don’t exactly meet, so there is a problem there. In my opinion, South Three Notch St. is too wide and too busy for children to try to cross there unattended.”

McMath said he believed the Stanley Avenue project also is more likely to be funded.

Council members expressed concern about the speeds at which people travel on Stanley Avenue/Hwy. 55, and agreed they would also petition the state to lower the speed limit if the project is funded.