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Neighborhood Split on Adding Sidewalks

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BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) - Perry Road, which lies in a neighborhood and splits Bath and Meridian, will be a hot topic on Bath Township's board meeting Tuesday.

Neighbors are at odds about whether to add sidewalks along the road after one woman's near-death experience, which she says could've been avoided if there were sidewalks to protect her.

It takes Susanne Maus a little longer to get around now. She lives on Perry Road in Bath Township--a road bikers, walkers and cars have to share because there are no sidewalks.

"I've always felt it was dangerous and someone would get injured eventually. Little did I know, it would be me," said Maus.

Last year, she was hit by a truck while biking. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and lost her left leg. She says it's a concern that the same thing could happen to someone else, which is why Maus has led the effort to add sidewalks.

 

In June, Bath Superintendent Troy Feltman says the township board agreed to put sidewalks in, but now they're re-considering that decision.

"Now there's a group of residents who've decided they don't walk a sidewalk down Perry Road, so that's the crux of the issue," said Feltman.

Neighbors objections aren't the only roadblock to sidewalks on Perry. Another issue that complicates the debate is that Perry Road splits two different counties, so any decisions the board makes, might only affect one side of the road.

Unless Meridian Township also agrees to build a sidewalk on its side of the road, which Feltman says isn't likely.

 

"There's no commitment from Meridian Township to continue the sidewalk, so in essence they call it a sidewalk to nowhere," said Feltman.

Though she lives in Bath, Maus's accident happened on the Meridian side of the road.

 

 

6 News spoke to neighbors who say they're against the sidewalks. They say there are better alternatives that may be cheaper like bike lanes. The township superintendent says many just don't want the construction on their properties.

They'll meet Tuesday at 7p.m. and discuss it. The board will vote later in the meeting, but whatever they decide, only applies to half the road. The other half is Meridian Township.

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