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Atkinson Road residents excited about sidewalk plans

Atkinson Road is a highly populated thoroughfare that has never had a sidewalk, but that's about to change. (Photo source: WLOX) Atkinson Road is a highly populated thoroughfare that has never had a sidewalk, but that's about to change. (Photo source: WLOX)
Construction on the sidewalk should begin in January, and will cost around $80,000. (Photo source: WLOX) Construction on the sidewalk should begin in January, and will cost around $80,000. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A Biloxi road will soon be seeing an addition that many in the area have been asking for. Atkinson Road is a highly populated thoroughfare that has never had a sidewalk. Now, the city is teaming up with Harrison County to change that.

It's lined with houses, businesses, and a park, and occasionally Tim Wells will see people trying to navigate Atkinson Road on foot or bike.

"They'll go down the side of the road and it seems to be like an accident waiting to happen," said Wells.

He's been living in an apartment complex on Atkinson for about seven years. He wants to see a sidewalk built, and he's not alone.

"It's too dangerous for them, because people, they drive crazy," said one resident.

"Yesterday, I had an appointment at the VA, and I had to walk there and back, and I wished I'd a sidewalk," said Terry Brandenburg.

He has to drive all the way down Atkinson to get to Hiller Park just to walk his dogs. He said a sidewalk would help him and others who take walks along the road.

"I'm excited about it and they're welcome to take up all of my front yard they want to. I'll keep it maintained," said Brandenburg.

He's especially thankful to Councilwoman Dixie Newman for getting the project rolling. Newman said making the sidewalk happen fulfills one of her campaign promises.

"Just knowing that people can walk down the street, jog down the street, or ride their bicycle without being scared of getting hit, you know, it makes me feel good," said Newman.

With the county's help, Newman said the sidewalk should be ready for use by March. According to Newman, the project should cost around $80,000, which is less than she had originally estimated.

If everything continues to go as planned, Newman hopes to see construction begin in January. The sidewalk will run from Popp's Ferry to Hiller Park.

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