WALKER, Mich., (WZZM) -- One of West Michigan's busiest roads, could soon have a sidewalk next to it. The walkway would cross two major highways on Alpine Avenue.
For residents like Morgan Richardson, the walk is a scary one. "I get honked at all the time, people swerve to mess with me to see if I'm out of place or something."
It's the only way Richardson can get to work. He and others use the busy road to get from the south side of Alpine at 3 Mile to the businesses on the north side. They have to cross over ramps to I-96 and U.S. 131.
At Silver Bullet barber shop, Al Parent sees it out his front window everyday. He says people drive electric wheelchairs and push strollers in the road. "Many times I see when they get down to the corner, they're right in the lane where traffic is going to turn."
Along with being a business owner, Parent is on the Walker City Commission. He suggested applying for a community development block grant to pay for sidewalks. The commission approved the idea unanimously. The walkway would go along the west side of Alpine Avenue, crossing the on and off ramps.
"Crossing the highway is dangerous because you have to go into traffic, to go through," says Richardson.
"But, with what we have planned for a sidewalk, it will keep them off the street and give them a safe passage up and down Alpine Avenue," says Parent.
Besides applying for the grant, there are engineering details that still need to be worked out. If all goes as planned, the sidewalks could be installed in late 2014.