Bit by bit it’s becoming safer and easier for pedestrians and people with disabilities to get around The Energy Corridor, as the New Freedom Sidewalk project continues to pour concrete, curbs and ramps.
Along Memorial Drive west of Eldridge Parkway, new sidewalks and soon-to-be-poured pathways by The Energy Corridor District (ECD) will improve access to retailers and other businesses, employers and bus stops. Work is now focused on the south side of Memorial Drive near Westlake Park Drive.
East of the current construction site, a new sidewalk with curbs has increased safety along the north side of Memorial Drive near Eldridge Parkway. A future Energy Corridor bus shelter, slated for installation later this spring, will enhance access to public transportation.
West of Highway 6 along Park Row, new concrete sidewalks and bright, white lines that serve as driveway warnings are now being broken in by pedestrians and cyclists. The ECD has also installed signs along the sidewalk to remind motorists leaving businesses to look for pedestrians.
Paving the way to safer, more accessible pathways is one of ECD’s missions, which has installed sidewalks along several major thoroughfares. Other pedestrian enhancements are planned, including significant crosswalk and underpass upgrades under key I-10 intersections.
All four phases of ECD’s New Freedom Sidewalks project are slated for completion by mid-2014.