The Infrastructure Team has made great strides in 2016-2017 by partnering 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 Polk TPO has completed an analysis of the major roads (arterial and collector roads) leading to 140 public elementary, middle and high schools. 27.5% of the road network leading to schools is missing sidewalks. This means it does not have a sidewalk on either side of the roadway.
The Infrastructure Team and TPO are now concentrating on those schools with the worst sidewalk coverage. To date, the Team has evaluated ten schools and identified priority sidewalk projects that can improve school sidewalk coverage. These evaluations will continue to be performed through 2017-2018 to address those schools identified by a range of established criteria as “high need.”