SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city will host the first Missing Sidewalk Links Open House 3 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave.
The Missing Sidewalk Links Program aims to help the city achieve a goal of better joining downtown and neighborhoods. 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.
Following this public outreach and informational period, the scheduled timeline calls for final design in the fall, and construction next spring and summer.
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.
Barton and Loguidice, an engineering firm, has been hired by the city to provide preliminary and final design services.
Interested residents and property owners are invited to stop in during the Open House to meet city staff and learn more about the project.