Friday, December 5, 2014

Sidewalks

A new sidewalk is under construction along South Shore Boulevard south of the League City Parkway. They are constructing the sidewalk to follow the contours of the ground and curves in the road. Following curves in the road makes sense to me, but I think following contours of the ground is dangerous. The sidewalk looks like a roller coaster. It may be fun for teens on bikes or skateboards, but my opinion is that it is dangerous for everyone else. You cannot walk naturally on an unlevel sidewalk. I could visualize throwing my back out walking by this neighborhood.

Maybe the sidewalk is decoration and not meant for walking. Right now the fields are empty south of the housing addition, but I suspect houses will be erected in the fields in the next few years. I have a feeling the sidewalk will be redone when there is an actual need for it.


I am in favor of sidewalks to keep pedestrians and young ones on bicycles, tricycles and skate boards off the street. I also think the city should keep these sidewalks in good repair. We get a lot of uneven sidewalks in Texas due to the shifting earth, cause by alternating cold and hot and dry spells followed by flooding. Our concrete structures require routine observation and upgrading. Erecting a sidewalk that already needs help makes no sense to me.

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