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Dirt sidewalks in New Haven cause concern for residents

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New Haven residents say these dirt sidewalks are dangerous for their street. (WFSB) New Haven residents say these dirt sidewalks are dangerous for their street. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

New Haven’s Sherman Parkway sees plenty of traffic, but one thing you won’t find on one small stretch are sidewalks.

Between West Division Street and Harding Place is a bumpy, uneven dirt path, and those living in the area say it is a safety issue.

Neighbors on the block said it isn’t just a quality of life issue but it is downright dangerous.

"It should be much safer because there are older people that have the automatic wheelchairs, they have the right to be on the sidewalk, instead of on the streets, it's dangerous, cars coming,” said Anthony Brockenberry, of New Haven.

While out for a walk and pushing their 6-month-old, Brockenberry and Dianne Thompson said it is a problem, especially for handicapped people.

People also say when it rains and gets muddy, it forces people into the streets.

“The kids, they walk in the street, like school is right up there, they walk in the streets, don't want to walk in the mud, messing up their sneakers,” said NeKengie Njoku-John, of New Haven.

The Department of Public Works said they are aware of the lack of sidewalks and that it has inspected the block and is putting in a request.

A small group of city staff and alders overseeing infrastructure improvements will review it and if warranted, send it to the board for approval.

"I feel like people pay their taxes and they should have a sidewalk,” said Dianne Thompson.

Since sidewalks cost money, the Department of Public Works said the request first needs to be approved by the Board of Alders.

It has reportedly been forwarded to the city's Resource Allocation Committee, for sidewalk and street repairs.  

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