Mayor Bernero Defends $1.3 Million Waverly Sidewalk Project

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

Mayor Bernero sees a big problem with pedestrian traffic alongside Waverly Road.

"I regularly see kids and adults walking in the street," said Bernero. "When the snow is over here they're in the street because there's nowhere else to to go."

In addition to solving a public safety issue, Bernero says the $1.3 million sidewalk project would provide a necessary link for pedestrian and bike traffic between Lansing and Lansing Township as well as a path to the YMCA and other parks nearby.

But opponents of the project aren't so thrilled with the price tag.

"The residents are calling me and saying, 'Why would we spend $1.3 million on a sidewalk?'" said Sen. Rick Jones (R - Grand Ledge). "We don't need this right now."

The proposed walkway is awaiting approval from the Tri-County Planning Commission. Bernero expects it to take two years to complete. As it stands the project will be funded with city funds, not assessments, although the city is looking at state and federal options to come up with the money.

Currently, the sidewalk ends at the north side of the Moores River Bridge, right in front of political analyst Bill Ballenger's house. He says using public safety as a reason to fund this sidewalk isn't a good one.

"I have lived in this area off and on for 40 years and there has never been an accident or an injury or a fatality," said Ballenger.

But Bernero says he doesn't want to wait for one of those to happen.

"This is a treacherous and busy street," said Bernero. "I want us to act before somebody is killed."


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