GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville leaders will spend millions of dollars to make sure the community is safe, whether it’s behind the wheel or walking in the city.
At Thursday night’s council meeting, members approved a $392-million budget for the next fiscal year.
City leaders said not enough money was spent to improve roads and sidewalks in the past. Now, they are working to make sure everyone can stay safe.
Jamie Yahker, a community member, worries every time he crosses the road at certain intersections. He’s been hit not once, or twice, but three times because there were no crosswalks or sidewalks.
“Angry, frustrated, scared. There have been some people that have been hit that unfortunately have been killed,” Yahker said. He’s happy the Greenville City Council is addressing his concerns and spending millions of dollars to help drivers and pedestrians.
The city agreed to spend over $500,000 to repair roads and add more sidewalks along places like Memorial Drive and Stantonsburg Road. New street lighting will also go up, so drivers can see pedestrians even if they’re wearing dark clothing. Another $150,000 will go towards adding crosswalks with flashing lights.
“Anything we can do to improve the viability between motorists and pedestrians is fantastic,” said Kevin Mulligan, Public Works director. He added that, over the years, the city hasn’t spent enough fixing sidewalks and roads. He ensures that will change. “It’s a multi-prong approach and it won’t happen overnight. Things are somewhat expensive, but very-much needed. It is an important part to our roadway infrastructure,”
Yahker understands it takes time and hopes it happens sooner, rather than later.
As for the red light going up on 10th Street to help with safety, the poles for the light went up Friday and is expected to be operational in the next few weeks.