Jumpstart Plan offering safety for walkers in Bryant

Jumpstart plan offering safety for walkers

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) -- New plans are underway for the city of Bryant as it looks to bring more safety features to the heart of the city, and as a city grows so must its safety.

City leaders in Bryant are planning to add more features and bring more safety to the area. Although construction won’t begin for months, neighbors and business owners are just glad something is being done about the issue.

Chris Madison, staff attorney for the city of Bryant, knows the city is growing and with that growth comes redesign to Reynold’s Road.

"We call this the heart of Bryant,” Madison said. “It's been here, it's continued to exist, it has great grid network, but it needs love."

A $1.8 million grant will bring wider sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, more landscape, and lanes for bikers. Those upgrades extending from NW 4th St. all the way to SE 4th St. and along the Reynold’s Road bridge where people find it difficult to cross.

"The idea is to create a downtown to create a walkable connectable town,” Madison said. “Because you have the school on one end, Bryant City Hall on the other end you have our partners with Civitan on the other side of the street.”

Right now, people would rather cross underneath Reynolds Road and along an active railroad because it's too dangerous to cross the bridge. Bryant High school students, Brandon Harrison and Logan Aaron, said they choose to walk under the Reynold's Road Bridge instead.

"It's more convenient, and I live right down the street,” Harrison said.

“It's not as busy as it is down here than it is up there and you don't have to worry about traffic," Aaron said.

Both said traffic during rush hours make it nearly impossible to cross.

"Bryant is definitely growing,” Harrison said. “So traffic is getting crazy, especially after school and on Reynolds road.”

A community hearing is set for Thursday night at Bryant High school starting at 6 pm. It will be a time when people can voice their opinion on what new things they want to see come to the area.

"This will improve that, make it safer for friend and families and people to cross the road,” Madison said. “That will drive economic development here because you have more pedestrians and more people can get to your business."

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