City of Austin Performance Report 2015-16

Total Linear Feet of New ADA Sidewalk Constructed or Sidewalk Rehabilitated to Meet ADA Requirements 

Measure Description
This measure calculates the number of linear feet of sidewalk constructed within the City of Austin. The City complies with federal and state directives on accessibility for pedestrians and the city at large. In addition to achieving compliance with the federal American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), sidewalk improvements increase the quality of life for the community by expanding the available network and making travel safer and easier.
Calculation Method
This measure is calculated by summing the total feet of constructed sidewalks for a given fiscal year. This measure includes sidewalks built to replace existing non-accessible sidewalks, missing sidewalks, and sidewalks in need of repair or replacement. All sidewalks constructed or repaired are ADA-compliant.
FY 2015-16 Results
The FY 2015-16 result was 76,395 linear feet, greater than the target of 70,944 linear feet constructed.
Assessment of Results
The increase in linear feet of accessible sidewalks over the last five years reflects the City’s commitment to addressing pedestrian accessibility and mobility and the day-to-day transportation network. The increases in output in FY 2014-15 and FY 2015-16 are due to bond funding and improved project delivery mechanisms. FY 2014-15’s increase was primarily due to the increase in substantial pedestrian work funded by the Austin Convention Center to upgrade sidewalks near the area to provide full ADA compliance and a more pedestrian-friendly space. The increase in FY 2015-16 is attributable to increases in bond program funding, allocation of a portion of transportation fund revenue, and a partnership program with Capital Metro to address bus stop accessibility. The Department has also been able to improve its service delivery processes over the years. When combined with a field engineering approach, the Public Works Department (PWD) has been able to gain more product per dollar spent and dramatically increase sidewalk construction.
Next Steps
Continued investment in the sidewalk program is essential for continuing PWD’s effort to address the new sidewalk inventory. In June 2016, City Council approved a revised and updated Sidewalk Master Plan and ADA Transition Plan, which recommends new performance goals and funding targets. The plan recommends $8.5 million in spending for FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18, and this increases to $25.0 million per year from FY 2018-19 to FY 2028-29. The City and Department will explore multiple funding sources to achieve this 10-year goal. The recently passed 2016 Mobility Bond dedicated $37 million towards sidewalks and another $27.5 million to infrastructure in support of Safe Routes to School, which will contain a sidewalk component.
Contact Information
For more information contact Mark Cole, Sidewalks and Special Projects, at (512) 974-7019.