Sunday, December 30, 2007


Funding it is cheap considering the increase in quality of life and public safety, and whether it is dams for flood control and water supply, or freeways, roads and sidewalks to enhance traffic safety, it is vital for a major city to continue funding at a high level, much more than our region has been doing for too many years.

Editorial: Watt sidewalk is cheap at a half-million bucks
Published 12:00 am PST Sunday, December 30, 2007

It's an intrepid pedestrian who ventures out on Watt Avenue in Arden Arcade. Cars zip along far too quickly on this stretch of roadway, and street crossings can be treacherous for anyone on foot.

But there is one stretch of Watt that is particularly irksome. On the west side of Watt at Arden Creek Road, there is no sidewalk for about 250 feet. The sidewalk ends at the Ardendale Apartments, forcing walkers to traverse this section along an unpaved and uneven shoulder.

This is one of many sections of roadway in the Sacramento region that is crying out for a "complete street" – one that equally serves motorists, walkers and bicyclists.