A taxi driver and resident of Goulds thinks new road upgrades in the area won't be enough to ensure children's safety.
The city of St. John's announced Monday that road work — including new sidewalks — is set to begin next month on the Goulds' main thoroughfare.
Cabbie Don Earle has been living in Goulds for 18 years. He said more sidewalks are needed.
"The sidewalk is [gonna] carry from Durdle Drive to Keith Drive, about half a kilometre — and the reality of it is that we probably need about two kilometres, maybe even closer to three kilometres, to cover the heart of the Goulds to keep our children safe," said Earle.
The section of Main Road from Keith Drive to Durdle Drive will be upgraded with curb, gutter and sidewalks. Work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013. The installation of a new storm sewer system between Dirty Brook and Durdle Drive will also be included in the work.
Ward 5 Coun. Wally Collins said the project has been in development for a long time, and during the construction phase, traffic detours will be in place.
"I do understand that this will be a disruption to the residents who live and work in the area, but we will do everything we can to mitigate the impact of this construction work," said Collins. "This is very important work and I would like to thank the residents of the area in advance for their patience and understanding."
A public meeting is being held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Foran/Greene Room at city hall.
The $3.2 million project is being cost-shared between the federal and provincial governments and the City of St. John's.