Paris opposes sidewalks at new Highway 142-45 intersection

Roundabout or not, the Paris Town Board does not want to see sidewalks installed by the state Department of Transportation at the Highway 45 and Highway 142 intersection.

The board unanimously approved a resolution to that effect at last week’s Town Board meeting.

The resolution referenced state administrative code that “permits an authority to omit sidewalks from a highway construction or reconstruction project if the local governmental unit refuses to agree in writing to maintain them and provided that all of the following apply”:

  • There are no sidewalks in the highway system under the authority’s jurisdiction.
  • The city, village, town or county has no ordinance that requires the installation of sidewalks or that requires the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks.
  • The city, village, town or county lacks sufficient equipment for the efficient removal of snow or ice from sidewalks.

All of those conditions do apply to Paris, town officials said.

This action appears to carry a little more weight in the process than the roundabout opposition passed by the board about a year ago, since the sidewalk exemption is referenced in the administrative code.

State DOT officials have said federal regulations require the consideration of sidewalks and bike paths for the project, unless the exemptions apply.

State officials have said construction on the project is scheduled to begin in 2020 as part of a plan to reconstruction Highway 45 from Highway 50 north to Highway 11.

Here is the entire resolution.

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