Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 11, 2014

CITY OF GLASGOW: Where the sidewalk begins

GLASGOW — Dessie Gibson sat on the front porch Friday of the Lexington Drive home where she’s lived for nearly 50 years, watching work begin on the third phase of sidewalk construction along the street.

Three Glasgow Department of Public Works employees used chalk to mark a line where blacktop would be cut by other workers after them.

“I’m tickled to death to have a walk,” Gibson said. “I was disappointed they started at the other end.”

The city’s Lexington Drive sidewalk project has moved southward, with the first portion connecting Rebecca Lane to Longhunters Trail and the second phase extending from there to Pebble Drive. The third section will continue about 1,400 feet to Williams Avenue, said DPW foreman Steve Mathews. The segment from Williams Avenue to U.S. 31-E already has a sidewalk.

This will also be a curb-and-gutter sidewalk with stormwater drainage outlets incorporated into the design.

The project is funded with Municipal Road Aid dollars, which the city receives from a portion of state gas tax collections.

Gibson said she used to walk along the road, but she’s not as able to do that now. But she sees improvements beyond mobility.

“I think it makes the yards look better and trimmer and everything,” she said.

Plus, people walk their dogs and don’t seem to mind if the animals go into someone’s yard to do their business, so Gibson has to watch where she steps when she’s mowing, she said. She believes having a distinct walkway will help curb that activity.

Paul Kingrey has lived across the street from Gibson off and on for more than 20 years.

“I think (getting sidewalks is) great because you see people jogging along the edge of the street … ,” he said. “It’s going to be a great addition.”

He said some walkers and joggers go across the grass when they can, but the ground is more level in some places than others.

Kingrey’s daughter-in-law, Kim Kingrey, was in town Friday for a visit with her in-laws, with whom she lived for about a year.

“I’m thrilled they’re bringing them through,” she said. “It’s been badly needed for a long time, because a lot of people try to walk and jog up through here.”

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