Brookhaven, GA, September 28, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven Public Works Director Richard Meehan told Councilmembers during a Tuesday Work Session, the City has 64.8 miles of sidewalks and 879 curb ramps. Of which, 543 of the curb ramps are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), while 336 are. Meehan also said that 164 of the sidewalks within the City, come to an end with no ramp at all.
In the four years prior to the incorporation of the City, Meehan’s numbers show there was a total of 1.5 miles of sidewalk work done in the area now known as Brookhaven. That project was Johnson Ferry Rd. from Ashford Dunwoody Rd. to Bluffhaven Way.
In 2013, the City performed a Laser Truck survey which gathered street condition data as well as sidewalk and curb condition data, giving the City an idea of where and when sidewalk improvements need to be made. Since then, Meehan reported the City has averaged .8 miles per year of new sidewalks scattered around Brookhaven.
But with all the sidewalk work the City has done, as with the street paving, the City is working to develop an organized prioritization framework and stick to it – a definitive plan of when and where new sidewalks will be installed. Meehan said the City needs to formulate a 5-year Capital Improvement Program where each year of the five-year plan, Councilmembers should allocate $300,000 of the annual budget to sidewalks.
Sidewalks and ramps make up approximately 19.4% of the City’s $92.5 million street network valuation – they are a valuable asset. And Meehan says, the City is committed to continuing to have a serious concentration on improving the sidewalk network as well as full compliance with ADA standards.
While putting in a new sidewalk or replacing an old one may seem simple in concept, in fact, sidewalks actually take more coordination with the community because they have a higher impact to properties. Meehan explained in the sidewalk process there are several things that must be taken into account such as:
- Curb Installation/Replacement/Adjustment
- Drainage Considerations/Design
- Slope Design/Retaining Walls
- Utility Avoidance/Relocation
- Landscape/Mailbox Avoidance/Relocation
- Right-of-way/Easement Determination
- Resident/Neighborhood Coordination
Projects in the hopper for the remainder of 2016 include:
- Complete Design for Caldwell and Lanier and get under construction
- Construction of Ellijay Dr., E. Roxboro Rd., Hermance Dr., Johnson Ferry Rd. (noncomplex)
- Initiate Planning/Design for Mill Creek Road and Woodrow Way
- Create 5-Year CIP Plan for Bike/Ped (2017-2021)
Funding has been approved for 3.98 miles of more sidewalks in Brookhaven – with 1.91 of these sidewalk miles already in the planning and design phase. These projects are expected to be completed in 3 to 6 months.
A listing of the projects the City has completed over the last three and a half years is below, as well as a list of projects that have been funded, nearing implementation.