South Walker Street Sidewalks

As part of a Safe Routes to School grant, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has presented plans to install a sidewalk on one side of South Walker St. between Heyward St. and Harvard Ave. Click here to review a map of the preliminary plan.

A committee of volunteers and parents from Rosewood Elementary School had requested traffic calming devices on Rosewood Drive, including a stop light at S. Walker Street. The DOT District Office determined a traffic light at that intersection was not feasible. The current plan prioritizes a sidewalk on South Walker.

Nine trees along South Walker will have to be removed to make way for the sidewalk construction. Trees to be removed are marked in yellow.

John-Mark Glaz, a S. Walker resident, has shared these comments voicing his concerns with the proposed project. He plans to submit the comments with a few dozen neighbors’ signatures.

The DOT held a public meeting on Thursday, January 31st, where they shared the plans for the infrastructure changes. The Department is asking for public comments to be submitted by February 14, 2012. If you live on or near S. Walker, what do you think about the proposed plan?

Rosewood Elementary Public Meeting

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is holding a public meeting on Thursday, January 31st from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Rosewood Elementary auditorium to share plans for infrastructure changes around the school as part of a Safe Routes to School grant. The current plan will add a sidewalk on one side of S. Walker St. between Heyward St. and Harvard Ave.

The infrastructure plans will be available at the meeting for the public to peruse and representatives from DOT will attend the meeting to answer questions and take written comments.

A committee of volunteers and parents from the school had requested traffic calming devices on Rosewood Drive, and those ideas may be revisited. The current proposed plan prioritizes a sidewalk on S. Walker St. We have been told the sidewalk path has been designed to save many large trees. Some trees will have to be removed.

RCC is attempting to get a copy of the plans to post here. Check back for updates.

Safe Routes to Schools

Rosewood Elementary School was awarded a grant from the S.C. Department of Transportation in 2007 to address traffic calming issues near the school.  Proposed improvements include sidewalks near the school, a traffic light at the intersection of Walker St. and Rosewood Drive, and increasing the length of the school zone speed limit along Rosewood Drive. Surveyors tagged trees on Prentice Street, South Elm, and South Walker recently as part of this study, but we have received no word on what projects will be undertaken.

Read more at the Safe Routes website.