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Greenville County Community Seeking Sidewalk Repairs

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

Walking from the city bus stop to his home on South Franklin Road is a normal commute for William Belt.

And he's often rolling a suitcase filled with groceries, or, on this day, laundry.

The problem is the sidewalk isn't that walkable.

"It's just very uncomfortable. The rocks and stuff kind of intrude," said William.

He lives in Greenville County's San Souci area.

"It's just a real quiet community," said William. "Everybody pretty much looks out for each other."

And now, he's looking out for his fellow pedestrians by trying to get the neighborhood's sidewalks back to their former glory.

"It's been like this for a few years now," said William.

With South Franklin Road being a state road, William says he called the SC Department of Transportation more than a year ago, and again this year.

"They were supposed to go around the neighborhoods and evaluate which ones are of more a concern," said William.

The DOT tells us it has $100,000 to spend on sidewalks in Greenville County for this fiscal year, which ends June 30th. It has another $220,000 dollars allotted for sidewalk repairs next fiscal year.

The priority list is based on how bad the sidewalks are, their location and how much they're used.   

The DOT finds the trouble spots through roadway inspections and the public.

"Occasionally sidewalks, being on the outside, we're not able to detect every safety issue that may be out there. We do rely on the public to let us know if there's a grave safety issue," said Brandon Wilson, DOT Assistant Maintenance Engineer for Greenville County.

And with the DOT knowing about William's neighborhood, his sidewalks are in luck.

"We currently have sidewalks, sections of sidewalk on Franklin Road that are scheduled to have work completed here in the next three to four months," said Wilson.

William is glad he spoke up and is looking forward to a smoother commute.

To report a damaged sidewalk, you can call 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368).

You can also submit an online request on the DOT's website.

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