One day theres going to be an accident
BIBLE HILL - Some parents in Bible Hill are scared the repeated refusal to put in a sidewalk off of Osprey Court will jeopardize their children's safety.
"There have been enough near misses ... one day there's going to be an accident," said Osprey Court resident Janet MacKinnon, mother of a 10-year-old.
The subdivision in Bible Hill was built in 1999. Area residents initially wanted a crosswalk from Osprey to the sidewalk on the north side of College Road. The Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department (Department of Transportation) refused the request numerous times citing a lack of traffic and line-of-sight issues.
Residents then looked to Plan B: to install a sidewalk from Osprey Court to Maple Boulevard or from Osprey to Guest Drive.
"We were told next year, next year, next year the sidewalk will happen," said MacKinnon. "Now it's not being done. It was the Number 1 priority on the sidewalk construction list in 2007 and now it's Number 11. I think we're getting the run-around."
In the meantime, residents are learning the crosswalk, not the sidewalk, has been given the go-ahead after all.
MacKinnon and a handful of area parents attended a Village of Bible Hill meeting last night to find out why the change.
"It's dangerous. I have stood out there for 10 minutes waving my arms trying to get cars to stop and let the kids cross," said MacKinnon. She also told the Truro Daily News some children walk in the ditch and that many vehicles drive past the speed limit.
Village chairwoman Sharon McLean told MacKinnon the reason the sidewalk is not being installed is because TIRD has now allowed for the installation of a crosswalk in the area.
"The rationale is that the (transportation department) are experts and the traffic authority and we trust them," said McLean. "It's just been held up because there's a difference in opinion of where to put that crosswalk ... on the east or west side."
MacKinnon said residents are steadfast in their quest for a sidewalk, not the crosswalk, especially if a crossing guard would not be hired for that crosswalk. MacKinnon produced a petition with about 45 people on the list - "about 95 per cent" of the neighbourhood wanting the sidewalk.
McLean said the village commission will look at the situation again.
"Your concerns are taken very seriously and we'll discuss it" further and let the residents know within a few weeks of the commission's decision.
Parent Heather Lynds, of Osprey Court, had mixed emotions with that feedback.
"I'm somewhat happy, however, I feel frustration because it's been going on for 10 years and now the deliberation is going on longer."