ENGLEWOOD — Linsey Peyton is an avid runner and, thanks to a sidewalk project on Sunnybrook Boulevard, she’ll soon be able to run a little more safely in her own neighborhood.
“They just got here,” said Peyton, who lives on Sunnybrook. “I think it’s wonderful they’re doing sidewalks so I can go running without dealing with some of the crazy drivers here.”
The only complaint she has is how the presence of the construction crew building the sidewalk from South Access Road to Boundary Boulevard in Rotonda makes her dogs anxious. It’s a sentiment shared by her neighbor, Shelli Rainey.
“I’m not happy with it,” Rainey said. “The (construction) mess has blocked our driveway. We had to park in our neighbor’s driveway (Thursday). My dogs are going crazy because of this.”
Rainey said there isn’t a call for the sidewalk and in her more than two years of living on Sunnybrook Boulevard, she’s not seen one person walk on the road. “I don’t see any purpose in this sidewalk,” she said.
Nick Barnes, who moved to the area in January, said the construction is only a slight nuisance.
“I feel the time of the year could have been better chosen considering the season,” Barnes said. “It just might be better to do the construction at night. The only notice we had was from the electronic sign down the road.”
The sidewalks will be 8 feet wide, according to Charlotte County project manager John Elias.
“The cost of the project is $502,635,” Elias said. “It was funded through the sales tax program. The project was in design and planning for a year.”
Elias said the project should take 150 days.
“We’re excited to build this on Englewood East connecting South Access Road to an existing sidewalk on Boundary Boulevard,” he said. “This will connect to a future project on Gulfstream and Oceanspray boulevards.”