Potential sidewalk addition in Altoona

(WEAU) - It’s something people walk on everyday, sidewalks. The Altoona City Administrator says there is a reason the city may have to add them.

"Its generally the standard of the city that we reconstruct roads or put in the roads that sidewalks are required so that's the default position," said Mike Golat, City Administrator.

Neighbors says they agree with the road repairs, but have concerns if sidewalks are added besides higher taxes..

“It's a beautiful street, lots of trees and their going have to come in far enough to take out shrubs and the dip of this street here is a pretty steep hill," said Jeff Hafeman neighbor.

"We haven't talked to anyone that's wanted sidewalks so we're hoping that the city will listen to us and not put sidewalks in," said neighbor, Sarah Strahm.

The Mayor of Altoona says the project may be a year into the future but tonight's meeting has a purpose.

"To let the citizens weigh in or what they like, dislike this type of thing before we go to the trouble of actually designing the project,” said Altoona Mayor, Jack Blackburn.

"It would be challenging from an engineering perspective to put the sidewalks in because of some of the slope issues we have out there, some landscape issues, some of the elevations where the homes were built," said Golat.

One neighbor says adding sidewalks could be a hazard.

"You know it's the residence responsibility to take care of the sidewalks, so shoveling, ice, snow build up, there's just different factors that could play a safety hazard for that," said Jima Jahr, neighbor.

There also had a public hearing in regards to Daniels Avenue in Altoona. While there are sidewalks there already, the project is meant to repair the road and replace utilities. That project is estimated to be $350,000 and the council will assess property owners.

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  • by Altoona Resident Location: Altoona on May 26, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    I see no reason to spend money on sidewalks in Altoona because who uses them? The Group Health walkers use the road and walk 4 to 5 wide down 11th, Avery Lane and Pine Tree Lane like they own the road. Complaints have gone nowhere so don't bother making more sidewalks!
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2012 at 07:35 AM
    Please just fix the roads...the roads for the entire section behind Mega is in dire need of repairs/replacements.
  • by anonymous Location: Altoona on May 25, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    The area they're talking about is a quiet cul de sac and loop road with no traffic except from neighbors. No intersections. No need for sidewalks - roads are plenty wide.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2012 at 09:07 PM
    I agree. Someone is going to get killed one of these days. I live on Valmont and there are no stop signs. I see kids almost getting killed everyday besides the many fenders that I have seen.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
    HOW ABOUT SOME STOP SIGNS IN ALTOONA!!!!! Now there's an interesting concept!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM in reply to
      Learn to drive at an uncontrolled intersection and it won't be a problem.
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        by Andy on May 25, 2012 at 04:23 AM in reply to
        I agree that people drive too fast because there are not stop signs, but seriously, learn how to drive at an uncontrolled intersection. I see people all the time who's first reaction is to just speed through.
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