My Turn: Our new sidewalks

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Published: 8/17/2022 6:24:20 PM
Modified: 8/17/2022 6:20:53 PM

Just yesterday my husband and I were able to use the new sidewalks on Norwood and Chapman streets — an improvement for us walkers. For years our children have been walking these streets to get to Greenfield High School without sidewalks. Now high school students have the benefit of safer conditions. We older adults use these streets to get to the hardware store, to go vote, to visit neighbors. Now we don’t have to keep our eye out for traffic as we make our way home again. We are on newly made sidewalks.

Here is a portion of The Recorder article that announced these improvements on March 23, 2021:

Several streets near Greenfield High School will get new sidewalks to make it a safer walk for students thanks to a nearly $400,000 Complete Streets Funding Program grant the city has received ...

The areas impacted include the south side of Cleveland Street from Chapman to Davis streets; the west side of Birch Street from Silver to Cleveland streets; the west side of Vernon Street from Silver to Norwood streets; the south side of Norwood from Birch to Federal streets; and the east side of Chapman Street from Silver to Norwood streets.

“We’re filling in the gaps on the west side of the high school,” Eric Twarog said. “There will be 4,329 feet of new concrete sidewalk when the project is over. Those sidewalks will provide additional safety for kids walking to the high school.”

Twarog said the grant came from the state through the Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets Funding Program.

“We received $375,000 in the first round,” he said. “The maximum is $400,000.”

According to state guidelines, the grants are to be used to fund local multi-modal infrastructure projects that improve travel for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users and people using other forms of transportation. A “Complete Street” is one that enables safe, convenient and comfortable travel for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.

Carol G. Letson lives in Greenfield.


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