In November 2020, voters approved a new millage (“TAX FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SIDEWALKS”) to fund construction of sidewalk gap filling projects, with expected revenues of $1.3 million/year.
- Ballot Language: https://a2gov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4587678&GUID=E4DEB1EF-AB6D-40C5-869F-DAAC317C34E6
- Resolution of Intent: https://a2gov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4587665&GUID=3AE77060-CA60-4B7F-A569-CA27A766B493
At the Jan 11, 2021 Council work session, the first agenda topic was “New Sidewalk Prioritization”
- Link to Jan 11, 2021 Council work session agenda: https://a2gov.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=827953&GUID=B3EE1980-560B-46E0-9955-7B0962D236B4
- Link to “New Sidewalk Prioritization” agenda topic: https://a2gov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4738893&GUID=06E1D7B0-D06E-405E-82AC-9A9971791255
As discussed in the presentation, Ann Arbor currently has 436 miles of existing public sidewalk, with an additional 144 miles of sidewalk gaps (where a gap is defined by “all locations in the public right of way adjacent to a street that lack sidewalks”). Revenue from the new sidewalk millage is expected to be $1.3 million/year, and City staff have established a ranking system to prioritize sidewalk gap projects.
The City has put together an interactive “dashboard” to view existing sidewalk gaps, and the ranking/prioritization:
The dashboard shows that 1.28 miles of sidewalk gaps are scheduled to be filled in 2021. The presentation gives a list of expected sidewalk gap projects planned for 2021 and 2020:
2021 Sidewalk Gap planned projects
- Barton Dr.
- Jackson Ave.
- Manchester Dr.
- Scio Church Rd.
- Stimson St.
- Yost & Eli
2022 Sidewalk Gap planned projects
- Arborview Blvd.
- Argo Dr.
- Broadway St.
- Ellsworth Rd.
- John A. Woods Dr.
- Newport & Sunset
- Nixon & Traver