Surprised by sidewalk plan

Published: 5/8/2022 5:19:24 PM

I was very surprised to see while reading the Thursday, May 5 e-edition, that the section of Columbus Avenue between Grove and Allen streets was not included (again) on the list of sidewalks to be replaced. For those who are unaware, nearly the entirety of this block’s sidewalk is on land that is part of Elm Terrace.

Elm Terrace is a property run by the Greenfield Housing Authority and houses 108 (plus) elderly and disabled tenants. The sidewalk is asphalt (unlike the paving stone block of Columbus between Allen Street and Hall Avenue as well as Allen Street). This walk has many pot holes, ruts and frost heaves making for a treacherous journey to Foster’s market or to walk one’s dog. Forget trying to navigate by walker or wheelchair!

How odd that this particular block has been omitted from repair when surrounding street sidewalks have been replaced in the last few years. I remember when problems of sidewalk safety on Wells Street along the Mill House were revealed. That sidewalk was replaced very quickly. Anyway … go figure! I don’t quite understand the issue. Perplexing. But I will continue to walk in the road (as I have for years) when I head out to Foster’s, or downtown, or out on my daily walks .

Michelle Tetreault



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