Sidewalks closed for winter

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Many sidewalks in Adelaide Metcalfe are now closed until April 15.

Council unanimously decided six sidewalks were not worth the effort at its last council meeting Dec. 20. Coun. Sue Clarke was not present.

Walking will still be accessible on Centre, Napperton, Pike and the main streets of Kerwood. Anyone who uses the closed sidewalks will be doing so at their own risk.

It was just last year the Township decided that side streets in Kerwood would get their sidewalks cleared to help young children and people with mobility issues get around.

Public works manager Coulter Cahill’s report said after the one year of clearing all sidewalks, staff and contractors “found it challenging to remove snow from the roadways and sidewalks by not overlapping each other and making more of a hazard.”

The report went on to say residents gave feedback saying that the maintenance was unnecessary due to the amount of traffic and the fact that snow removal is extremely difficult given the location of sidewalks.

Council passed the standard that those few sidewalks that are cleared will be maintained to reduce the snow to a depth less than or equal to eight centimetres within 48 hours of a snowfall.

It was just in 2019 the Township made the decision to maintain sidewalks on the east and west side of Kerwood Road due to a bus stop and the fact that young children and persons with mobility issues would be forced to walk upon the roadway.

Streets with closed sidewalks until spring include Adele, Havelock, McKenzie, Grace, Clyde, and Egremont Drive from Feasey to Barrett Street.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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