'It's Not OK. It's a Hazard': Absence of Sidewalks at East San Jose Neighborhood Spark Safety Concerns - NBC Bay Area
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'It's Not OK. It's a Hazard': Absence of Sidewalks at East San Jose Neighborhood Spark Safety Concerns

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    Residents are voicing concerns about what they believe is a critical issue in the South Bay. Damian Trujillo reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015)

    Residents are raising more concerns over what they say is a critical issue in the South Bay.

    An unincorporated part of East San Jose, near White Road and Alum Rock Avenue, features no sidewalks, posing a safety issue for residents and children walking to and from school.

    "It's not OK," said Daisy Zamarripa, a James Lick High School student. I"ve been hoping there would be sidewalks any time soon to be safe for everyone that walks by because it's a hazard."

    Sidewalks were not included in the planning of this community just outside San Jose city limits. The community is also near the scene of several fatal pedestrian accidents.

    Guadalupe Arciga is on the school site council at Joseph George Middle School, and has helped organize monthly walks around the neighborhood to point out the hazards.

    Resident Eloisa Cuevas said cars often speed through these streets, putting children in danger. The county told residents sidewalks and road improvements would happen this year. But now, residents are hearing the middle of next year.

    Masoud Akbarzadeh, a traffic engineer for Santa Clara County, said there are historic homes in the area and Caltrans will not release the funding for improvements until environmental issues related to those homes are addressed.

    "We are trying to do our best," Akbarzadeh said. "We are working with the state to try to expedite this money, the availability of the money to see if we can bring it forward.

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