Crumbling Sidewalks in Historic Conway District Make Homeowners Want Updates

CONWAY, Ark. --Neighbors in one Conway neighborhood say they want to see the city fix the sidewalks.

Justin Rawls lives in Conway's historic district. "This has been an issue for probably a decade now," says homeowner, Justin Rawls. Many of the homes in the  neighborhood have been restored, but outside his home, a sidewalk sits in crumbles. "There was an elderly woman who was trying to get to church and she tripped and fell," Rawls says. That's when Rawls took matters into his own hands.

"After the city of Conway told me the residents have to pay for their own sidewalk, I just couldn't stand by anymore," he says.

He decided to post a sign outside of his home saying, "What do our taxes pay for and where is all this money going to ?"

A city engineer says he is aware of the problem. He spoke over the phone about the issue. "We have a $75, 000 budget dedicated to alternative transportation and we are working together with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board to make a list of priorities," says Vinson.

While the city says they're still in talks to figure out what sidewalks get fixed first, Rawls is hoping something is done before someone gets hurt. "I want to get it to a point where it's safe enough but there is only so much we can do."

The city engineer tells me he will work with the board to add Rawls request to the list of priorities.

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