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 Americans 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 2014-15 Results
The FY 2014-15 result was 114,513 linear feet, greater than the goal of 65,938 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 increase in FY 2014-15 was primarily due to the increase in substantial pedestrian work funded by the Austin Convention Center to upgrade the entire non-compliant perimeter to provide full ADA compliance and a more friendly pedestrian space. Efficiency over the past several years has also increased through the implementation of an efficient and cost effective task order delivery method. 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.
Picture of a new sidewalk being constructed.
Next Steps
Continued investment in the sidewalk program is essential for continuing PWD’s effort on addressing the new sidewalk inventory.
As part of the City’s ADA Transition Plan, the recommended spending for FY 2008-09 through FY 2013-14 in sidewalk funding was $5.0 million per year. This amount nearly doubles to $9.0 million per year for FY 2014-15 through FY 2022-23. The funding increase is attributable to increases in bond program funding, allocation of a portion of transportation fund revenues, and a partnership program with Capital Metro to address bus stop accessibility. The City is currently in the process of revising and updating the Sidewalk Master Plan and ADA Transition Plan; final adoption is tentatively scheduled for April/May 2016. Updated performance goals and funding targets are anticipated as part of the update.
Contact Information
For more information contact Mark Cole, Sidewalks and Special Projects, at (512) 974-7019.