Question/Comment: Multiple residents have expressed concerns regarding brick sidewalks currently being installed on Somerville Ave. Additionally, some find the raised sidewalks annoying as they act like speed bumps all along a major road. They would like to know why the City is undertaking such a costly project when facing budget crisis, rather than just painting crosswalks.
City Update 6/16/10: The reconstruction of Somerville Ave. is a State-lead project. The majority of financial support for this project is being provided by the State, and they currently have control over mutually agreed upon plan for the project. Thus, the cost installing brick sidewalks is not being funded through the City's budget. Additionally, while the new sidewalks going across Somerville Ave. temporarily create bumps in the road, once the final surface of Somerville Ave is paved these sidewalks will be level with the road surface.