Tuesday, June 13, 2000

More Old State Road residents asking for sidewalks


Survey of neighbors presented to council

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        PARK HILLS — Dave Stutler spent Monday evening watering the boxwoods and azaleas in front of his Old State Road home, while wife Ann watched 2-year old daughter Anna Leigh and hugged 2-month-old Sarah.

        The Stutlers, however, are worried.

        They worry about their children getting hit by cars while strolling down Old State because there are no sidewalks.

        “There's a blind spot over the ridge,” Mrs. Stutler said of the small hill near her home.

        Added her husband: “We walk pretty quickly to the next street.”

        According to a survey released at Monday's Park Hills City Council meeting, the majority of the Stutlers' neighbors are equally concerned.

        Kimberly Kennedy, who also lives on Old State, conducted the poll of 103 residents.

        Her findings: a total of 88 want a sidewalk from the intersection of Old State and Sleepy Hollow Road to Terrace Drive, if not farther.

        “We have to do something,” said Mrs. Kennedy, who with husband John has one son and plans to adopt another.

        “It's either move or do something for the community. I want my (children) to be able to ride a bike in front of (their) own house.

        Mrs. Kennedy said the deaths of two children in separate accidents on Madison Pike in Covington last winter made her think about Old State Road.

        Currently, there is only an approximately 3-foot wide lane on either side of the road.

        Sidewalks for Old State is not a new issue.

        Park Hills Mayor Michael Hellmann said when he brought up the idea several years ago, residents rejected it because they didn't want parts of their front yards taken.

        Mrs. Kennedy said more young couples have moved in recently, and her survey results seem to reflect a change in attitude:

        ćOf the 103 residents polled on Old State and neighboring streets, 88 favored a sidewalk on Old State from Sleepy Hollow to Terrace. Nine did not want one, and six were undecided.

        ćAll supporters cited safety of pedestrian traffic as the main reason. The speed limit on Old State is 20 mph.

        ćAnd 26 of 36 residents on Old State from Sleepy Hollow to Terrace would like to make Old State a one-way street with a sidewalk on one side.

       



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