Greenville crews get to work on improving city’s sidewalks

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It’s a sigh of relief for Greenville resident Jamie Yaunker to see crews working on sidewalks.

He said he was hit three times by drivers, so it feels great to know the city of Greenville is working to make the area safer for pedestrians.

“It gives me greater mobility to get around and here lately,” Yaunker said. “I see more and more people in power wheelchairs going up and down these sidewalks.”

The last time 9OYS talked to Yaunker,  he was upset due to the lack of walkways around the town.

Since then the city has upgraded sidewalks and added handicap-accessible ramps.

“There was always this ‘buh-buh bump’ going up and going down, ‘buh-bump,’ now there is no bumps anymore,” Yaunker said. “It’s smooth, it’s easy and it’s wonderful.”

Crews spent Thursday afternoon pouring cement for the handicap-accessible ramp, making it easier for the disable to use crosswalks.

Greenville Public Works Director Kevin Mulligan said there is still plenty more to do, including “installing sidewalks on Memorial back here behind us on Howell and also along Fifth Street. We are extending the sidewalks in those areas because they connect to schools.”

Mulligan said it’s a great feeling to help people like Yaunker.

“To be able to make life simpler for someone by the installation of sidewalks is just a great thing and one of the many services we try and do, but it’s good to see that come to life,” Yaunker said.

Yaunker said he was “appreciative, very appreciative,” to have his voice heard, and he hopes more people take advantage of the new sidewalks and enjoy the fresh air.

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