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Go Team! Kelley St.-We’re Getting Better

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Kelley St.: We’re Getting Better

Kelley St. between Bates and S. Barlow was recently reconstructed with a new sewer, pavement, curb, gutter and a sidewalk on the north side. The other day I passed by this street and the sidewalk glistened in the light. It looks great and I could care less that it was almost not included in the original proposal by city staff. In the end, citizen input and the direction of the planning commission strongly recommended it be included and it was made possible. And, for good reason; North Traverse Heights is one of our ‘hoods with a high percentage of people who, for economic and health reasons, walk or bike.

The City didn’t include a sidewalk on the south side for financial and topographic reasons. That is unfortunate, but does provide an opportunity for us to improve on future projects. All of our city streets need sidewalks on both sides if for any other reason than to equally share the wealth from the increased curb appeal on property values.

Above, looking west down Kelley at Bates St. intersection. Below, looking east from the same spot.

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  1. Ross Richardson
    July 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I was on the planning commission when this project was reviewed. Kelley St. was gravel and full of potholes at the time. The city (finally) decided to blacktop it, but that was all. In the plan submitted by engineering, the comment was made, “Sidewalks are not typical for this area of the city.” The planning commission fought for curbs and sidewalks. It would have been nice to have sidewalks on both sides, but I’m pretty proud of the result as compared with the original proposal.
    The same scenario is being played out on Barlow between Centre and Carver, which should be completed later this summer.

  2. July 29, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Thank you for representing the community well, Ross. Raising the bar is a fulltime job.

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