The Infrastructure Team continues in partnership with the Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) to evaluate the need for sidewalks within a one-mile radius of public schools (the area where most walkers converge on a school).
The Infrastructure Team and TPO are now concentrating on those schools with the worst sidewalk coverage. Using a range of established criteria as “high need,” they have evaluated and identified priority sidewalk projects.
PRIORITY SIDEWALK PROJECTS
Candidate projects are being referred to State, County and local jurisdictions for funding. The Infrastructure Team together with staff from the TPO are identifying highest priority, or top projects, based on factors such as connectivity, likely available right-of-way, and potential to serve the greatest number of students. The future of priority projects is subject to funding availability and engineering-level feasibility analysis (review of right-of-way, drainage, and potential utility relocation issues).
15 Priority Sidewalk Projects (from Phase I list) with an estimated cost of $3.1 Million have been referred to the Polk County Sidewalk Advisory Committee for review and consideration for funding.
SIDEWALK COVERAGE ANALYSIS
140 Public Schools
639 centerline miles of arterial and collector roads within one mile of Public Schools
179 miles (28%) do not have a sidewalk on either side of the road.
(Geographic Information System – GIS
– analysis of major road network within one mile of schools)
CANDIDATE SIDEWALK PROJECTS
Phase I – 10 Public Schools
59 Candidate Sidewalk Projects (23 miles) with an estimated cost of $8.7 Million
Phase II – 20 Public Schools
82 Candidate Sidewalk Projects (35 miles) with an estimated cost of $13.1 Million
(More detailed analysis used to identify candidate sidewalk projects, e.g., fill in network gaps)