- Missing Sidewalk Links
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
Sidewalks 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 us where we are going.
USA Today has voted Saratoga Springs as one of America’s best Downtowns. With 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 Sidewalk Links Program will help the City achieve this goal. Missing Sidewalk 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 began in the summer of 2020 after the surveying was complete. The final design was approved by City Council in June of 2022.
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 engineering and construction support and inspection services. Callanan Industries will be providing construction services.
Sidewalk FAQs and City Plans:
To find out more, please contact the City's Inspection and Support Contractor - Janet Weisenforth, Barton & Loguidice