The County engineer said there should not be a sidewalk built beside Hickory Drive because there are too many trucks on the road.
That logic means pedestrians will need to walk on the shoulder or wait for another solution from the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe for the residential area northeast of Strathroy.
The Hickory Drive sidewalk and a portion of Second Street sidewalk connecting to Hickory were in this year’s budget before being cancelled with a vote from council on the recommendation from the County and public works manager Coulter Cahill. The County of Middlesex also left Hickory Drive out of its strategy on making cycling safer, according to Cahill’s report to council.
The Second Street portion cancelled was taken out of the construction plan because it would have been beside a ravine.
There will still be some sidewalk construction on Second Street to connect about 20 residents by Grogast Court to existing sidewalk that lead to the high schools and Gemini Sportsplex. It will be about 620 metres long and include lighting and benches.
Cahill did tell council at its May 2 meeting that the work has started to draw up a plan for possibly connecting residents of the Buttery Creek development to sidewalks on Second Street with a multi-use trail.
The 2022 budget saves an estimated $100,000 by cutting the sidewalk work, dropping the project’s cost from $270,000 to $170,000.
Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner