A pathway being built along Neely Road to give students a safer walk to South Pointe High School is not yet finished.
The sidewalk, which will run between Crawford and Rawlsville roads, was planned to be in place by the time school started today. Richard Goodwin, the contractor for the job with L-J Inc., said the trail should be finished by the end of September.
Workers weren't able to start on time because of hold ups the county encountered getting the necessary permits from the state, Goodwin said.
The path, dubbed South Pointe Trail, will be partly paved and partly made of asphalt.
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Workers still need to lay the asphalt on top of stones in the middle section of the trail, complete the culvert that crosses a small creek and install street lighting along the road in front of the trail, said Phil Leazer, transportation manager with the York County engineering department.
Sidewalks already are usable on the stretch of road closest to the school.
The trail will consist of sidewalks toward the ends of the path, with a wider asphalt pathway in the middle, Leazer said. Crosswalks will be installed at the College Downs neighborhood and near the intersection of Neely and Rawlsville roads, he said.
The trail was proposed in response to concern about students walking along the narrow shoulder of Neely Road to get to South Pointe, which opened in 2005.
That state doesn't provide bus service to students who live within 1.5 miles of their school.
"If these kids need to walk to school, they need the sidewalk," said Brenda Robinson, who lives in College Downs.
Robinson said family members drive her two grandchildren to school at South Pointe, but the students might start walking when the sidewalk is complete.
South Pointe Principal Al Leonard said complaints about the lack of sidewalks died down after the first year because school staff stressed to students that they didn't want them walking along the road.
Leonard said many parents carpooled and students were able to get rides with friends.
"We really see the sidewalks being used a great deal when we have our sporting events in the evening," he said.