Sidewalk rehabilitation includes reconstructing existing sidewalks that are in "very poor" or "failing" condition to remove barriers to access. A major goal of sidewalk rehabilitation projects is to make sure sidewalks are functional, ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) where sidewalks are reconstructed, so all pedestrians can get around safely.
The first 2018 Bond-funded sidewalk project is located in east Austin along E. 12th Street, from New York Dr. to Airport Blvd.
The project area covers multiple blocks along E. 12th St. and will include more than half a mile of affected sidewalk on the southern side of the roadway. Specific improvements include the replacement of non-compliant sidewalks, ramps and driveways. This stretch of sidewalk is considered “very-high priority” in the City’s Sidewalk Master Plan.
“Right now, we have about 2,500 miles of existing sidewalks throughout our city," said Richard Mendoza, Director of the Public Works Department. "This plan helps us identify the most critical needs so we can maximize our resources.”
These projects will continue the City's efforts to address the significant amount of functionally deficient sidewalks throughout Austin. The result of this work will be enhanced connectivity and safety for residents of all capabilities.
For the remainder of 2019 the City expects to spend nearly $1 million rehabilitating and replacing sidewalks throughout Austin, with the remaining funds being spent over the next few years.
About the 2018 Bond In November 2018, voters approved seven propositions (labeled “A” through “G”) totaling $925 million. Proposition G included $160 million for transportation related infrastructure, including $20 million that allows the City to rehabilitate or replace existing sidewalk infrastructure. Proposition G also included funding for street reconstruction, bridges and structures, and other transportation-focused infrastructure.
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