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City sidewalk project to make student walk safer

By DAVID TEWES
Dec. 30, 2010 at 6:30 a.m.

The framework for the new sidewalks to be constructed on Mockingbird Lane are  waiting for  crews to fill them with concrete. The project could be completed by the end of January.

SIDEWALK UPDATESidewalks are being built along Mockingbird Lane to help students safely get to and from the East High School.

The $83,067 project may be finished by the end of January.

Students walking to and from class at the East High School will have a safer path to take early next year.

Construction of sidewalks along East Mockingbird Lane has begun and could be completed by the end of January.

"If there were, in fact, students, as we have been led to believe, walking in the street, this will definitely get them out of the street," said Diane Boyett, a spokeswoman for the Victoria school district. "Anything that promotes the safety of our students to and from school is certainly appreciated."

The city's $83,067 project includes building sidewalks on both sides of Mockingbird between Carriage Drive and John Stockbauer Drive. A spur coming off the north side of Mockingbird to The Meadows subdivision and parallel to drainage ditch also will be built.

Another section will be built along Stockbauer between Leary Lane and the Century Lanes Bowling Center.

"I'm really happy that we were able to put the sidewalks on both sides of Mockingbird," Council Member Denise Rangel said. "Students will be able to benefit from the city putting the sidewalks in."

While students on the Carriage Point side of Mockingbird will still have to cross the thoroughfare during peak traffic periods, Rangel said she doesn't think that will be a bigger problem than it already is.

"I think the problem is already there," she said. "We're just going to stop them from walking in the street."

Public Works Director Lynn Short said the safest place to cross any street is at an intersection with a signal. He said depending on where the students are coming from, the nearest intersection with a signal is at Mockingbird and John Stockbauer.

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