Sidewalk Condition Assessment Study

Sidewalks form the basis for vibrant, healthy, walkable communities. Sidewalk conditions in the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ 23) area vary widely. Some corridors have substantial, high- quality pedestrian infrastructure, while others have aging or inaccessible sidewalks. Several streets lack any type of sidewalk leaving gaps in the network. The objective of this study is to conduct a sidewalk condition assessment on corridors of major thoroughfares, collectors, and local roads within the TIRZ 23 boundary.

Multiple field visits were conducted to determine the existing sidewalk and curb ramp conditions, widths, and ADA compliance. An assessment scale was used to characterize the existing widths and conditions of sidewalks along the project limits. The assessment included four color-coded categories ranging from 5-feet sidewalks in good condition to no sidewalks present.

The recommended improvements were established with the goal of simultaneously creating a comprehensive, continuous, and pedestrian-friendly sidewalk system while also improving connectivity of existing sidewalks. The recommendations include 5-ft to 6-ft sidewalks, which allow pedestrians the comfort of walking side by side. Various intersections need curb ramps to be replaced due to damage and re-striping of missing or faded pavement markings.