When a 54-year-old South Milwaukee man, identified by TMJ4 as David Budge, was struck and killed by a Cadillac Escalade on Monday afternoon, he was walking against traffic on the east side of Loomis Road.
There is no sidewalk on the side of Loomis Road that Budge was walking. There is, however, a sidewalk on the west side of the road.
Former Alderman Richard Eaton told TMJ4 he lobbied for sidewalks along the city's busiest streets 10 years ago before being recalled, and political activist Robert Heule and others expressed concerns about the lack of sidewalks in the area on Greenfield Patch.
Years ago when Loomis was being reconstructed, the Wisconsin D.O.T. decided not install sidewalks on that part of Loomis. The reason being that backward Greenfield at the time refused to install sidewalks on its main roads, namely S. 43rd St., W. Cold Spring Rd. and a few others. So the DOT said why should we do it if they (Greenfield) don't care about sidewalks along its own roads. Unfortunately, some opposition still exists despite generational changes. Edgerton, besides being a embarrassment and disgrace as people enter the city from the east or west, is a potential death trap to pedestrians and bikers. The same goes for 43rd St. between Layton and Ramsey. It's time for the city to move its road improvement projects ahead before more tragic incidents like that of this past Monday don't occur again."
Tell us: What do you think? Are more sidewalks needed?