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Sidewalk Project Allows Safer Passage For Pedestrians Along U.S. 301

Sidewalk Project Allows Safer Passage For Pedestrians Along U.S. 301

LACOOCHEE — Pausing just south of Gould Road, John and Elaine Allen had come to the end of a multi-mile trek Wednesday morning, only a block away from their Dade City home.

The couple walked more than a mile south along U.S. 301 and back on a portion of sidewalk less than three months old.

“When they first started building it, we said, ‘Yay, we have a sidewalk to walk on’ and that way we won’t have to go on the trail, which is two miles from our house,” Elaine Allen said.

Prior to that, no sidewalks existed, and pedestrians walked in grass near the roadway, sometimes a little more than an arm’s reach from passenger cars and 18-wheel trucks driving past.

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