South Charlotte

Independence High getting new sidewalks

Mint Hill's newest $27,000 sidewalk will make life easier, and safer, for many Independence High School students.

The town has contracted with Creative NatureScapes to extend the sidewalk on the school side two-tenths of a mile, from Fenning Drive to Central Drive, where many Independence students live.

The project also includes modifying the sidewalk at the corner of Patriot Drive and Wilson Grove Road to allow a crosswalk from the school across Wilson Grove Road.

The N.C. Department of Transportation-constructed crosswalk will include striping and pedestrian signals at the intersection so students can safely cross the street.

Independence High School Principal Mark Bosco says the improvements will make the trip to and from school much safer for many students.

"The crosswalk is important because it gives Independence High School walking students a safe and designated crossing from Patriot Drive and Wilson's Grove Road to the entrance of the school," said Bosco.

"Combined with the additional sidewalk from Central Drive, we will have many walking-friendly options for students who live on either side of Wilson Grove Road. We are thrilled that the town of Mint Hill facilitated this project with N.C. DOT on our behalf," he said.

The town's portion of the project should be finished just before school opens. The crosswalk should be completed shortly after.