Months after deadly accident, neighbors still waiting for sidewalks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Months after a deadly accident put a spotlight on the need for sidewalk in one neighborhood,  people are still waiting to see the concrete poured. The city says it knows how much the sidewalks will cost, but isn’t sure how to pay for them.

It was at Northeast Winn and North Bellefontaine where an eight-year old boy was killed, playing in the street back in march. There are still see several memorials there in honor of little Jordan Hale.

FOX 4 immediately heard from people after his death that walk the same street and believe a sidewalk might have save his life. Wednesday night, parents said they fear other kids could be killed or hurt if they don’t get sidewalks soon.

“They come walking out of here and it’s not enough room, and as soon as they step down they’re stepping right into the middle of the street,” said Charles Baldy.

“Cars go up and down all the time, churches, you know I don’t think it’s good,” said Christina Vogt.

Back in March, the city said a study was done two weeks prior to that incident that killed Jordan Hale and injured his friend. We now know that the sidewalks will cost the city about $750,000, but the city isn’t sure where the money will come from.  Wednesday, a city spokesman said that capital improvement funds through the city’s public improvement advisory committee may be an option.

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