A 1,348-foot length of sidewalk on the north side of 24 Mile Road connects Seven Oaks Drive to the Macomb Orchard Trail. The addition of this sidewalk creates a total of 4,000 feet of sidewalk between the trail and Shelby Road.

A 1,348-foot length of sidewalk on the north side of 24 Mile Road connects Seven Oaks Drive to the Macomb Orchard Trail. The addition of this sidewalk creates a total of 4,000 feet of sidewalk between the trail and Shelby Road.

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Shelby adding thousands of feet of sidewalks this year

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 14, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township is adding to the walkability of the township this year through the installation of thousands of feet of new sidewalks.

The Shelby Township Sidewalk Committee has been working to better connect the township’s schools, neighborhoods and parks. Through a program called the 2019 Sidewalk Gap Program, the township is constructing 6,019 feet of sidewalks throughout the township with the goals of increasing recreation traffic and making transit safer.

The Board of Trustees awarded the $118,357.89 contract for sidewalk construction to Italia Construction Inc. at its Aug. 20 meeting. Crews and engineers are now doing preconstruction work throughout the township.

“This is about making as many of our residents as safe as possible while accessing our parks, trails and schools,” Trustee Lisa Casali, who serves as the Board of Trustees representative to the Sidewalk Committee, said in a prepared statement. “We have new sidewalks going in that connect the Macomb Orchard Trail to several neighborhoods along 24 Mile Road.

“It’s also about safety. We don’t want walkers or cyclists on the white line on the side of major roads, and we don’t want cars swerving to avoid pedestrians. By putting these sidewalks in, we are making our residents and our roads much safer.”

A 1,348-foot section of sidewalk on the north side of 24 Mile Road connects Seven Oaks Drive to the Macomb Orchard Trail. Filling in this gap provides a total span of more than 4,000 feet of sidewalk between the trail and Shelby Road, according to the township.

The 2019 Sidewalk Gap Program addresses two gaps of more than 2,000 feet on Shelby Road.

One gap being filled in spans 2,352 feet on the east side of the road from just north of Mound Road. It connects to an existing sidewalk that begins at Faith Lutheran Church just south of 23 Mile Road.

This project will provide nearly 1.25 miles of sidewalk on the east side of Shelby Road, between Montgomery Drive and Mound Road.

The other gap on Shelby Road is on the west side of the road and begins across the street from Switzer Elementary School and runs north for 2,100 feet to Briar Road.

“This project was significant because we want to make sure the kids going to school had the safest possible path to get to and from school,” Casali said. “Currently, there is one sidewalk on the east side of the road, and it is only 5 feet from the edge of the road. This new sidewalk will make it much safer for those kids.”

Another project on Mound Road spans 122 feet to address improvements on the east side of the road just south of the Clinton River crossing.

All of the projects in the 2019 Sidewalk Gap Program occur within the Macomb County Department of Roads right of way to minimize the impact on adjacent property owners.

“We met with all of the affected property owners and adjusted the projects where we could to accommodate for gardens, trees and other landscaping,” Casali said. “There is rarely a perfect solution where everyone is happy, but we ended with the best possible solution for the entire township.”

All sidewalks should be in place by the end of 2019.

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide said the sidewalk projects improve safety.

“The growth of the township over the last 20 years almost makes the construction a necessity. The vehicular traffic is pretty intense. We are very pleased with the initiative that our Board of Trustees has approved for our township. Sidewalks equal safety for our children and residents,” Shelide said in an email.

Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis shared how the township has been working toward getting the sidewalks installed.

“We’ve been trying to get something like this together for several years, but it is tough to get sidewalks built,” Stathakis said in a prepared statement. “We’ve had money in the budget, but we never got shovels in the ground. I credit Trustee Lisa Casali for getting this done. Her leadership on the Sidewalk Committee was the key to making this happen.”

For more information about the 2019 Sidewalk Gap Program, call the Department of Public Works at (586) 731-5990 or email dpw@shelbytwp.org. To contact the Sidewalk Committee, call (586) 731-5102.

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