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Project designed to increase access for pedestrians and bicyclists in Ferndale

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FERNDALE- The City of Ferndale is working to increase pedestrian and bicycle access by installing more sidewalks. One Ferndale resident, Jeanette Shinn, enjoys jogging and says she is in favor of the project.

"The sidewalks are definitely handy when you don't want to be walking or running or in the road, against traffic or with traffic.  It's nice to be out of the way of possible dangers," said Shinn.

Several years ago, city officials developed a plan to Ferndale more walkable. One of the areas city officials looked to address is a quarter-mile stretch of Rose Avenue. Now, for the federally funded project, which costs $500,000, crews are filling in gaps and making the sidewalk at intersections ADA accessible. Construction began last year and is expected to be finished within the month. City officials say this project will make the area more accessible and safe for pedestrians and bicyclists.

"We have, a large number of our community that walk or run and this just adds to the ease that people have to run on the sides of the street and not have to walk down the center or cross from one side of the street to the other," said Jay Parrish, the City Manager of Ferndale.