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New sidewalks coming to Galloway and Egg Harbor City

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Two local communities are accepting grants worth several thousand dollars and both are aimed at improving safety.

"The sidewalks they are real thin, there's no sidewalk, we walk on the street, we stay in the white lines," Kenya Langley said.

Kenya Langley describes her daily walk to and from school up Wrangleboro Road.

For some students in Galloway and in Egg Harbor City there isn't an option of a school bus and many streets the kids are forced to walk have no sidewalk, but that may soon change.

"We have had some pedestrian accidents in the area with kids on bikes and so forth. So this gives the kids a safe place to go to school and the parents know they have a safer route to go home," Mayor Don Purdy said. 

After years of collaboration between the schools and local government,  Egg Harbor City and Galloway are both receiving grants for several hundred thousand dollars to put in sidewalks where they are needed most.

"Ninety-five percent or more of our children walk to school and we need to provide sidewalks and safe roads to get here safely," Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti said.

Sidewalks are expected to go in around Wrangleboro and Collins Road in Galloway and on Havana Avenue in Egg Harbor City.

Parents and officials say this project will be a big help.

"Safety Is always a concern," One parent said.

"We have about 500 students in the district so we figure we have 475 kids on any given day walking to school so it's really a help to have safe roads," Adrian Shulby said.

Right now it's just mud where these future sidewalks will go. Both the mayors of Galloway Township and Egg Harbor City say planning should begin shortly and construction is expected to start by next September.

 

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