JONESBOROW, La. (KTVE/KARD) — The City of Jonesboro is teaming up to build new sidewalks with ADA accessibility in hopes of improving safety in the community.
The Jackson County Police Jury, the Jackson County Library, local businesses, and interested citizens are working together to apply for a grant to help ensure safe sidewalks and crosswalks throughout the city.
“I think it’s great. Whenever these things happen, it’s good for the community. It brings people together,” said local resident Kiri Sauer.
Jackson County Library Director Floyd Knox says that while the goal is to make safety a priority, he says the more than 40,000 patrons who use the Seventh Street Library will also benefit from the improvement.
“I see everyone carrying their books around town so we just want to make sure they have safe sidewalks.”
The City plans to build sidewalks and crosswalks with ADA access near schools, local businesses, and roads that create barriers for pedestrians and people with disabilities. Officials say it’s a 5 percent project.
“The more we talk to people, the more they say, ‘I know a person with a disability. It’s very important that we all work together because a lot of these sidewalks haven’t been touched since the 80s or early 90s,” Knox said.
“The sidewalks are very important. I walk here, which is why sidewalks are so important,” Sauer said.
Knox says citizens are encouraged to pick up a map from a library or city hall and help select areas where they would like to see sidewalk improvements.
“We want to find out if there are any places in the city of Jonesboro that they have a problem with to let us know.”
For an update on the development of this project and how you can contribute, click here.