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File #: 19-941    Version: 1
Type: Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/26/2019 In control: Transportation Advisory Board
On agenda: 10/3/2019 Final action:
Title: Approve the recommendation establishing the 2020 and 2021 Annual New Sidewalk Program.
Attachments: 1. Neighborhood Gap Property Owner Survey, 2. Neighborhood Gap - Notification Letter, 3. Neighborhood Gap Property Owner Feedback, 4. Arterial Gap - Notification Letter, 5. Washington Gap Support, 6. Sidewalk Map - Neighborhood Gaps Support, 7. Sidewalk Map - Neighborhood Gaps Program, 8. Sidewalk Map - Arterial Gaps
Related files: 19-941B

Approve the recommendation establishing the 2020 and 2021 Annual New Sidewalk Program.

DEPARTMENT: Transportation, Engineering and Development

SUBMITTED BY: Kelly Dunne, Project Manager

The New Sidewalk Program was established in 2004 following the adoption of the Comprehensive Sidewalk Policy, a guiding document that defines the policies and programs for implementation of the pedestrian component of Naperville's Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The New Sidewalk Program annually installs new public sidewalk in locations that are lacking sidewalk along the roadway (sidewalk gaps). To date, the program has installed 13 miles of sidewalk in 111 gap locations.

Gap locations are prioritized using a scoring system that takes into account numerous factors such as roadway classification, proximity to schools, connectivity to the existing sidewalk network, presence of sidewalk on the opposite side of the roadway, and constructability. The highest scoring sidewalk gaps are selected as top candidate locations for construction. Each year, the proposed locations are reviewed by the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) and City Council for approval.

As the program progressed, its success started to become an obstacle. Nearly every top scoring gap location has been filled. Of the remaining gap locations, the original scoring criteria fails to distinguish top candidates because dozens of locations score equally. The scoring criteria originally created for the New Sidewalk Program was no longer able to effectively prioritize the remaining locations.

On August 1, 2019, staff presented a revised selection process to TAB for approval. To help differentiate non-arterial gap locations, a filter will be added to the process. During consideration of the 2018 New Sidewalk Program, City Council expressed support for locations that are beneficial to students and locations that are within the City's ...

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