This town plans to become more friendly to pedestrians.
On Tuesday, the planning board will look at Indian Trail's draft pedestrian plan, a map of proposed sidewalks, greenway and crosswalks that could create a “pedestrian friendly community.”
The plan has been months in the making, with town staff working with a citizen steering committee and consultants.
Jason Mann, Indian Trail associate planner, said residents like the idea of a more walkable town.
“A common theme is there's just not enough (walkways) to get me from where I am to where I want to go,” Mann said. Residents have also expressed concerns with crosswalks and the timing of traffic lights and feeling unsafe on dark streets.
Others want greenways and better walking connections to schools.
To get an idea of the state of Indian Trail's walkability, the steering committee and interested residents walked along Indian Trail road, taking notes about its condition for pedestrians. The town also conducted a public survey about what residents' perceptions of walking in Indian Trail.
The draft plan includes a prioritized list of sidewalks, greenways and intersection improvements and their estimated costs. High priority projects include sidewalks on the west side of South Fork Road from Indian Trail Road to Monroe Road and improvements at the intersection of Indian Trail Road and Old Monroe Road.
Mann said the pedestrian plan will guide town planners as Indian Trail develops. Funding all the recommended projects would cost millions. The plan includes suggestions for funding, such as grants.
More law enforcement?
Indian Trail may beef up its law enforcement. The town staff is looking into adding a lieutenant, sergeant, three deputies and a community resource officer to the roster of Union County Sheriff's deputies already under contract.
Indian Trail is scheduled to have 13 deputies on its payroll by June 30. Town Council member John Hullinger suggested adding more after hearing concerns from residents about increased break-ins to houses and cars.
The council voted 4-1 Tuesday, with council member Jeff Goodall dissenting, to have town manager Ed Humphries research the cost and logistics of the additional deputies.