sidewalk work along College Avenue
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Commissioners are looking to fill a $4.5 million budget hole while disrupting as few services as possible. Part of that plan involves fixing cracks in the city’s sidewalks.

Canopy road
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Locals living in Wakulla, Jefferson, Gadsden and Leon Counties have a chance to tell state officials this week what transportation projects are most important.

Cement Hasn't Dried On Tallahassee Sidewalk Fights

Aug 26, 2015
construction sign
Caitie Switalski / WFSU News

Building a sidewalk in the capital city is more complicated than laying some cement on the side of the road.  A sales tax extension has been approved to fund projects starting in 2020, but what about the growing demand for projects piling up before then?

A plan to put a sidewalk on Live Oak plantation Road has turned into a heated fight. Lynn Hatter reports the Tallahassee City Commission played referee Wednesday and postponed a decision on the project.

LHatter / WFSU News

The question of where to build sidewalks is polarizing neighborhoods across the city of Tallahassee. In order to address concerns about where the paths will go officials have created rubric to identify which projects should be prioritized.

In 2010 the city made a list of priority sidewalk projects. But since then officials have decided it’s time to reevaluate. City Engineer Steve Shafer told the Tallahassee City Commission Wednesday his department is proposing a plan that would award project funding based on four criteria.

LHatter / WFSU News

Lunch hour on a Thursday afternoon and traffic on Magnolia Drive, between South Meridian and Apalachee Parkway is light, but in the afternoons, it gets busy. Traffic is a problem for Indian Head Acres resident Doug Martin, who says a sidewalk on Magnolia has been an issue for 20 years.

“This is a narrow, busy road, and it’s almost impossible to walk beside it in several places without being in a ditch," Martin told the Tallahassee City Commission.

City of Tallahassee

The Tallahassee City Commission is preparing to spend millions of dollars on new sidewalks— at the same time the rest of the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year is shrinking. The sidewalk issue devolved into a heated debate among commissioners during Tuesday’s budget workshop.