NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – North Charleston city council unanimously passed a resolution to enter a contract with a construction company to build sidewalks throughout the city.
After the unanimous vote Thursday night, North Charleston will embark on a federally funded project to build sidewalks along five roads; Alton street, Garfield street, Marilyn Drive, Falla Avenue and Meadow Avenue.
“We need sidewalks, but I need my driveway,” Earl Barrs said.
Barrs has lived on Alton Street for more than 70 years. He said he’s a little apprehensive about getting sidewalks because it will interfere with his front yard.
“In a way I want them, but not if it means no more of my front yard, which I don’t already have,” he said.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says that is not the case.
“They will only be in the right of way, we can not go into their yard,” Summey said.
Summey said the sidewalks are to improve the quality of life.
“It really is not safe walking down roads, at the end of the day it’s to make the quality of life better and safer,” Summey said.
The City of North Charleston will enter in a contract with Davis and Floyd Inc. The federally funded project will cost $68,845. Following Thursday’s meeting council will give the contract to Davis and Floyd, they will begin the design process, and once designs are finalized construction will being three to six months after that.