A resident of southern Carroll says the City Council may very well have made a lifesaving decision when the elected officials voted Monday to fund a sidewalk and associated guardrail on the easterly side of Main Street and Timberline Road on a curve that can obscure walkers and bikers and motorized vehicles to drivers.
The proposed 4-foot-wide sidewalk would run about 1,000 feet from the driveway at 111 Timberline Rd. to the Main Street intersection with Hillcrest Drive.
“I can’t believe no one’s ever been run over on this curve, because it’s extremely treacherous for pedestrians,” Nelson Haukap, the owner of the Timberline home, said during the regular City Council session.
Residents and others long have complained about the danger of the route with no sidewalk.
The plan also includes a connection to the Sauk Rail Trail, which runs through nearby Rolling Hills Park.
The City Council approved the sidewalk and guardrail for a total estimated project cost of $80,000. There will be 6 feet between the sidewalk and street curb.
If plans and bidding are approved, construction is expected to start in the summer or fall.