MOUNT VERNON — Pedestrian safety and traffic congestion were top concerns when the Mount Vernon Board of Education and Mount Vernon City Council met in joint session Monday night. Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis discussed several project proposals that will impact the students at both the high school and middle school.
A proposed sidewalk project will follow East Gambier Street, from Quarry Street, to Edgewood Road, Mount Vernon Avenue and South Division Street to Yellow Jacket Drive and create a safe walking route for those making their way to the campus of the high school, middle school and Knox County Career Center, as well as those wanting to use the park.
“It will be two years before we have cash availability,” Mavis said. However, there are some opportunities where grant acquisitions which could fund small portions of the project. Construction of the proposed sidewalk is estimated to cost $500,000.
Crosswalks in the area of South Division Street and the high school softball field, over to Memorial Park sparked discussion as both council and school board members shared concern for pedestrians during busy traffic times.
Second Ward Councilmember Chuck Dice suggested the city look into purchasing mobile crossing signs similar to the ones used on East High and East Chestnut streets near the Knox County Service Center. According to city safety-service direction Dave Glass, the warning devices cost approximately $400 each.