For safety of the retired seniors without transportation, a pedestrian sidewalk is urgently needed alongside Smith Road.
While only about six blocks in length, Smith Road is an important east-west passage bypassing commercial establishments with a direct connect between heavy trafficked College Street and Wilson Road.
In addition to the midway location of Newberry Academy and Regency Woods senior apartments for 40 elderly, most without transportation of their own, we have added traffic day and night created by the expanded Newberry College athletic fields and accompanying parking areas.
I have lived at Regency Woods over 10 years. In that time I had a vehicle totaled with fast moving rear end hit, while at a stand still signaling a turn into our apartment driveway. I have been almost hit riding my bicycle more than once, and am nervous trying to walk to the nearby grocery store on either narrow strip side of Smith Road.
With a sidewalk our seniors often would benefit by leisurely walking to the nearby grocery store for many of their regular needs. Now, unless a relative or friend can be had to transport them they are required to pay $6 one way for every cab trip they take .
All the time I have lived here we have attempted to get this critically needed sidewalk installed. Beautification such as we see around College Street, Fair Avenue and the College is important but a priority of city-county spending could be set for the safety of its residents, many who have in the past been long time tax payers.