City officials will hold an in-person open house on Thursday, June 24, to discuss plans for building sidewalks at 11 locations around the city to fill in gaps in the city’s sidewalk system.
The Missing Sidewalk Links open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. that day at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave. City staff will be available to discuss the plans and hear public comment.
The $1.52 million, primarily funded by a federal grant, will construct new sections of sidewalk on Seward Street between Pearl and Morgan; First Street between State and North Broadway; State Street between First and Third; Third Street between State and North Broadway; East Avenue at three locations; Vanderbilt Avenue from Crescent to Fenlon; West Fenlon from Route 50 to Route 9; Congress Avenue from West Avenue to New St.; and Grand Avenue from West to Hyde.
“Sidewalks play a crucial role in our city — from basic transportation and accessibility to community cohesiveness and viability,” city officials said in announcing the project. “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.”
While the city already has 94 miles of sidewalks and an award-winning downtown, they said one of the goals is to improve pedestrian connections between neighborhoods and downtown. The plan is to fill sidewalk gaps within a one-mile radius of downtown, a radius that includes most of the city’s businesses, parks and schools.
The sidewalks will be built in the city right-of-way or existing highway boundary, but exact locations will be determined during engineering design. The Barton and Loguidice engineering firm of Albany is developing the plan and doing the design work.
Federal funding is providing 80% of the $1.52 million cost, with the city paying 20% — roughly $380,000, which is coming from the city’s capital budget.
The goal is for construction to start in spring 2022, city planning officials said.