Missing Sidewalk Links

“Transportation and mobility is not just about moving vehicles, it is rather about moving people.”

2015 City of Saratoga Springs Comprehensive Plan

Missing Sidewalk Links MapSidewalks play a crucial role in our city, from basic transportation and accessibility to community cohesiveness and viability. Sidewalks unite us with people and places. They promote healthy lifestyles and increase safety. By taking people and children out of the road, sidewalks provide a safe space to get to where we are going.

Saratoga Springs has one of America’s best Downtowns, 94 miles of sidewalks, and an award winning “main street”. We have been designated a Bronze-Level Walk Friendly Community, but we can do better by joining our downtown to more neighborhoods and places.

The Missing Links Sidewalk Program will help the City achieve this goal. Missing Links prioritizes the construction of missing sidewalk segments that lie within a one-mile radius of the City’s urban core. This one-mile radius was determined as a high priority because of its high concentration of schools, parks, businesses, public facilities, public transportation stops, medical facilities, and residences.  The locations were selected utilizing the "Pedestrian Networks and Facilities" chapter in the City of Saratoga Springs 2016 Complete Streets Plan as well as coordination with the Department of Public Works. The sidewalks will be built in the City right-of-way or existing highway boundary. Locations of the sidewalks will be determined by survey and designed by engineers. Public outreach will begin in the summer of 2020 after the surveying is complete and when the potential locations of the sidewalks are better understood.

The project is funded by a $1.52 million grant through the 2019-2024 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Federal funding provides 80% of the funding with the City providing 20% - roughly $380,000. 

The City of Saratoga Springs has hired Barton and Loguidice, an engineering firm, to provide preliminary and final design services. Barton and Loguidice will utilize CIVIL TEC Engineering & Surveying to complete the survey work. Please see the schedule below for approximate date and locations of the survey crews.

Week #1 (5/18/2020 – 5/22/2020), the order in which the field crew will be working is:

  1. Seward Street from Pearl St. to Morgan St.
  2. State Street from 1st St. to 3rd St.
  3. 1st Street from 1st St. to 3rd St.
  4. 3rd Street from State St. to N. Broadway

Week #2 (5/25/2020 – 5/29/2020), the order in which the field crew will be working is:

1. East Avenue from State St. to N. Broadway

2. East Avenue from Maple Ave. to Excelsior Ave.

Week #3 (6/01/2020 – 6/05/2020), the order in which the field crew will be working is:

  1. Vanderbilt Avenue from Crescent St. to Fenlon St.
  2. W. Fenlon Street from Crescent St. to Fenlon St.

Week #4 (6/08/2020 – 6/12/2020), the order in which the field crew will be working is:

  1. Grand Avenue from Hyde St. to West Ave.
  2. Congress Avenue from New St. to West Ave.

Time Frames are approximate and subject to weather permitting survey crews to work.

TIMELINE

Timeline 2

Sidewalk FAQs and City Plans:

Pedestrian Chapter of the Complete Streets Plan

AARP Sidewalk Fact Sheet

To find out more, contact:

Tina Carton, Administrator of Parks, Open Lands, Historic Preservation

Tina.Carton@saratoga-springs.org