Chattanooga Residents Express Frustration Over Unfinished Streets

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 3/27/2014 6:37 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - Chattanooga residents say when a teenager gets hit by a car because there are no sidewalks on a busy street ... there's a problem.

When there are no bike lanes on a busy street ... there's a problem.

When wheelchair bound folks cannot navigate around because the sidewalk abruptly end, residents, say there's a problem.

Dr. Nora Woods says, "We are basically pleading to the community leaders to do what we've asked for so many years."

Residents are talking about the complete streets ordinance.

They want every street to accommodate everyone.

The transportation department is on board.

Blythe Bailey, the transportation director, says, "Anytime that we make a major repair, do a new street, do any sort of project in the city, we will use this policy to guide our work."

The city council voted 5 to 3 this week in favor of complete streets.

The transportation department will now draft a plan of action.

Chattanooga Councilman Larry Grohn, adds, "There's a lot of discussion on whether this saves money or cost more money.

Grohn did not vote in favor of the ordinance.

Grohn adds, "I think that complete streets is very applicable in certain parts of the city, not necessarily in all parts of the city."

Councilman Chris Anderson, on the other hand, did vote for the changes.

Anderson adds, "There's a gap in transportation from one end workman road to the other. I've been working on that since august of last year when Transportation Administrator Blythe Bailey and I went to the site to survey it."

Anderson says we could see changes to Workman Road this year.

As for the rest of the city, well, there's no timeline.

But city leaders hope if all the t's are crossed soon and the i's dotted that federal or state money will be available to get these projects off the ground.

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