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Sidewalk Proposal

Jackson County and Cherokee want sidewalks and lights along a busy stretch of road that's seen two recent pedestrian fatalities.

Last Fall, Randy Driver and Timothy Allison were hit and killed in separate accidents on a stretch of U.S. 441 that straddles both the county and the reservation.

Randy Driver was walking with his son Buck, who was injured in the accident. Buck's half-brother says that part of the 5-lane highway needs sidewalks.

Be pretty good I guess because many foreigners tend to come here to work and a lot of them get robbed when they walk down that way too, says Aaron Long.

Long says he's glad to hear that Jackson County is joining Tribal leaders in requesting the DOT put in sidewalks and lighting, especially since another man, Timothy Allison died just 3 days after Randy Driver in a hit and run accident in the same area.

He says it's a dangerous area without the sidewalks and illumination... with people walking across the Cherokee reservation boundary... into Jackson County where alcohol is now available at convenience stores.

The DOT says it is considering both the sidewalk and lighting request, and is looking for spot safety funding, designated for areas that have high crash rates.

By Rex Hodge
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