City speeds up sidewalk project where 2 kids were struck, killed

City speeds up sidewalk project where 2 kids were struck, killed


by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 16, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 2:17 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- City leaders now say the installation of a sidewalk along West Tyvola Road can be completed a year ahead of schedule.


On Wednesday, City Manager Ron Carlee said extra resources will be put in place to speed up construction. He estimates the project will be complete by June of 2014, instead of 2015.


The project had been listed among several unfunded projects.  Recently, the city council voted to reallocate funds to get the project done.


Last February, 5-year-old Kadrien Pendergrass and his 1-year-old brother, Jeremy Brewton, were killed after they were struck by a delivery truck. The children were walking to daycare and traveling near West Tyvola Road and Shady Lane with their father.


Flora Lockett says she is reminded of the tragedy every time she steps outside her door. 


She lives across the street from where the accident occurred.  For a while, she could not get herself to look out at the intersection from her porch.


Saddened by the death, she says was the first to place a teddy bear at the site of the accident.  The makeshift memorial still remains there today.


"I still think about it, sure I do, and I imagine they (neighbors) do, too," she said.


"It is very sad, heartbreaking, nobody like this expect for this to happen, you could still tell the hurt is still there with the expression on their faces, but with time and prayer, it  heals all wounds," said Pastor Nathan Dobie, who's church sits at the corner.


"I am glad the city will take immediate action for the sidewalks to be installed," he said.


Resident, Prince Eli moved into a house on West Tyvola Road two months ago. He says in that time someone he knows was killed by a drunk driver while walking along the road. He would like to see the sidewalks installed sooner.


"If they can do it at least by the end f this year, for something like that, that would be great, but the sooner the better because we don't want another innocent life taken for it," said Eli.


According to the CIty Manager's memo, the .37 mile project will connect existing sidewalk on West Boulevard on Old Steele Creek Road.


The memo stated it took eight months to complete the community input phase of development. This included two public meetings rather than one for a project of this type. The second "design" phase took five months, more than a month earlier than what it would usually take.


The city anticipates acquisition of property can be completed quickly because homeowners have expressed a desire to see the project completed. Construction is slated to begin in April, and last three months.


Lockett says she doesn't want promises, she wants results.


"I'll believe it when I see it, that's the way I feel."