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New East High Street sidewalk creates vital link between Pantops, downtown Charlottesville

After decades as a narrow and often muddy obstacle to pedestrians along one of Charlottesville’s key thoroughfares, the front yard of the AT&T building is finally getting a sidewalk. Crews appeared to be wrapping up construction of the project at 1430 East High Street this week.

"It’s exciting," former crossing guard Kevin Cox told The Daily Progress.

Having long advocated for this mobility improvement, Cox said that it was funded by the federal government through the Safe Routes to School program, and an email from a city official points to Waynesboro-based Linco Inc. as the contractor.

East High is the most direct connection between downtown Charlottesville and the commerce-crammed base of Pantops Mountain. One year ago, Cox called this area "a wasteland for pedestrians" as he watched a grocery bag-laden woman attempt to navigate the dirt pathway. However, the newly poured concrete has altered his view.

"With the sidewalk there," Cox said, "I suddenly felt like, ‘Wow, East High Street has the potential to be a nice place to walk.’"


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