Local family upset about sidewalk

The Breland family is upset about a sidewalk situation.

"A year and a half ago, they were supposed to put the sidewalk on the other side of the street," Christina Breland said.

She says instead, it ended up on the side of her house. She adds it will impose a dangerous situation for kids walking to school.

"They're going to have to cross a busier intersection twice instead of once. If the sidewalk were on the other side of the street, the kids would only have to cross one time."

Her dad recently purchased a magnet to pick up yard items. The Breland's say they collected a bowl full of large nails where her children play.

"We literally got a bowl full of nails that we've picked up."

Nathan Smutzer with Precision Construction, LLC says they're just trying to do their job.

Even though Precision Construction, LLC is in charge of building the sidewalks, Smutzer says they strictly followed design plans handed to them by engineering firm Neel-Schaffer under project engineer Geoffrey Crosby.

Hattiesburg city engineer Lamar Rutland says he's received various complaints from residents in areas where sidewalks are under construction.

The sidewalks project was intended to be a positive step forward for the city.

Back in 2009, the Mississippi Department of Transportation awarded Hattiesburg almost $280,000 for the Safe Routes to School program, which enables children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school.

As it stands, the construction project will continue.