Richmond, VA—Changes are on the horizon in Carytown, ones that city officials say will make the area safer for pedestrians.
Public Information Manager of the Department of Public Works Sharon North explains what the new project will entail:
"We'll be doing a project that will involve putting in some stop bars, wheelchair ramps, some curb extensions."
The curb extensions will extend sidewalks into existing parking spaces, making the distance pedestrians have to walk to cross the street shorter.
Other upgrades in painted "stop" lines on the pavement, so drivers can more easily spot pedestrian crossings.
Tight parking on both sides of Cary Street and a large amount of foot traffic are the main reasons the project is needed. It is estimated to cost $650,000.
Sharon North explains, "There hasn't been an extreme problem there, but we do want to make sure that , when you have an area that has so much foot traffic, it is easy for people to get across the street, and it is easy for motorists to see them."
Brick sidewalks will also be created to make Carytown more attractive.
Ninety percent of the project is federally funded, and the state is funding the remaining ten percent. The project is slated to begin in July, and be completed in December.
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