Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Sidewalk Extension

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].

Question:

Hi Mayor Coles

My name is Edward Wise and I lived in Lakewood for over a decade. Recently i moved to the Cedarbridge and New Hampshire area of town. Although it’s mainly a commercial area, there are a few hundred families who also reside here.

Firstly, I want to express my gratitude to the mayor for actively advocating for road improvements, such as the Vine Road addition and the additional lane on Cedarbridge for turning. These enhancements have noticeably improved traffic flow during rush hour in the last few weeks and I am thankful for that.

However, I’d like to address another road improvement that is being overlooked. There is a problem on Cedarbridge from Shenandoah Road to Clover – there is no sidewalk. To make matters worse, both sides of the road are obstructed by bushes, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road itself. Additionally, the speed limit is 50 MPH, and this road is essentially the only direct route from my area of town to the center, avoiding a detour of 40 minutes through the Avenue of States.

Furthermore, many lower-income workers who cannot afford a car rely on walking to their jobs at the plaza on the Avenue of States and Cedarbridge. Consequently, during morning and evening hours, there is a significant risk of accidents as vehicles traveling at 50 MPH have to change lanes to avoid pedestrians. Those cars that don’t switch lanes come perilously close to hitting pedestrians. It’s a tragic accident waiting to happen, and a quick drive there in those hours would confirm this.

Surprisingly, it seems that the city is unaware of the issue. Even the one dirt path that exists 300 ft before Clover northbound had a large electric sign placed in the middle, obstructing the path and forcing people to go around it on too the rd.

It’s truly a shame because there is a sidewalk going southbound until Clover. Extending it to Shenandoah would only require some tree clearing and minor grading; no DEP permit would be necessary. Or even clearing the trees and bushes south bound would really help.

On a personal note, I enjoy walking in this beautiful town. However, since moving here, it has become difficult for me to get anywhere without either risking my life or resorting to driving, which is disheartening.

All we need is to extend the existing sidewalk.

I hope this can be considered a worthy road improvement in the next budget talk.

Thank you again Mayor Coles for always improving our city.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning

We have been working with the county to allow us to install sidewalks along this section of road/. We are waiting for them to finalize future expansion plans before they will give permission to install the sidewalks along the road.

Thanks

Ray

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2 COMMENTS

  1. So this person writes a long comprehensive letter and the answer is “try not to get killed in the next 2 years until the county gets back to us”

  2. This is not the only problem with sidewalks in Lakewood. In the places that you are lucky enough to have a sidewalk it is so narrow two people cannot walk comfortably side by side, because this town has a strip of 8” of grass on the last bit of the side walk towards road. Who needs grass where people need to walk?! Forget about the people and properties that have trees or bushes towering over onto the sidewalk.
    Get rid of the grass and put cement! Make the streets safer for pedestrians doing make them walk on the shoulder because you can barely fit on the sidewalk.

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