Council Corner

Superblock Sidewalk Improvements

We know that one of the most active places in our community is Happy Valley Park. Unfortunately, there are a few critical sidewalk gaps that connect the surrounding schools and neighborhoods to this main area. We’ve observed residents walking in the street to get to Summer Concerts and we’ve heard the concerns from residents about this at City Council Meetings. To that end, earlier this year, we directed our staff to coordinate plans and engineering designs to fill these critical sidewalk gaps. Just last month, we received an update on the project and wanted to share the news with all of you.

As you might imagine, some sections of missing sidewalk are easier to complete than others. Often, completing sidewalk gaps is more complicated because it requires the movement of power lines, improvements to the storm drainage system, and minor road work. To get as much of the project completed as soon as possible, you will notice phasing of this overall project.

This coming Winter, our team is going to tackle the first phase which will include completion of smaller gaps along Ridgecrest Road and 132nd Ave. In addition, the City will be installing mid-block crossings on King Road next to the schools and on 145th Ave to connect neighborhoods.

We are hopeful the City can complete additional phases next year. These remaining phases include a few of the longer stretches of sidewalk. Much more coordination with adjacent property owners, the utility companies, and others is required to bring this overall package together.