Last Updated September 18, 2018

City has Completed a Year-Long Process to Prioritize Sidewalk Projects and is Identifying Funding Options

In 2017, the City began a year-long process to create a Sidewalk Prioritization Plan as directed by Council in March 2017. Council has been committed to making improvements to the sidewalk network, both in constructing new sidewalks (or alternative pedestrian facilities) and maintaining and bringing existing sidewalks up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. In addition to the Sidewalk Prioritization Plan, the City of Shoreline is completing a mandatory ADA Transition Plan for existing sidewalks, curb ramps, and crosswalks to ensure the City is compliant with federal ADA requirements.

Major components of the process have been to create a data-driven system for prioritizing projects and identify ways to fund construction and repair.  

The 2018 Sidewalk Prioritization Plan was finalized, presented to Council along with the Sidewalk Advisory Committee Final Recommendations, and has been approved by Council.  The June 4, 2018 complete staff report contains additional process history. 

Council Meetings Regarding Funding

At the July 30, 2018 Shoreline City Council meeting, Council approved Resolution No. 430 which authorizes placement of a measure on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot to implement a Sales and Use Tax in the amount of two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) to help fund sidewalk expansion and accelerate repairs (see shorelinewa.gov/prop1 for proposition language).This vote followed previous discussions on July 16, 2018 and on June 18, 2018 when Council discussed policies related to the development of a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) sales tax ballot measure.  To view staff reports, video, and minutes of these meetings, please visit the Shoreline City Council webpage.

In November 2017, Shoreline Council reviewed information and discussed a possible $20 increase in the Vehicle License Fee (VLF) to help fund sidewalk repair and maintenance.  The motion was not supported at that time with councilmembers citing an interest in allowing the Sidewalk Advisory Committee to continue their prioritization process, with a report back to Council in spring 2018.

Council again discussed a possible $20 VLF increase for repair and maintenance at the May 14, 2018 meeting, and asked staff to bring an ordinance to the June 4 meeting for possible adoption of a VLF increase.  The additional $20 VLF was approved on June 4, 2018.

Staff reports, live-stream, and video of Council meetings can be found on the City Council webpage.

March 22, 2018 Open House

The City hosted a second open house for the Sidewalk Prioritization Plan on the evening of March 22.  The following information was shared:

Highlights of the evening included review of the Draft Prioritization Scorecard with metrics for safety, equity, proximity, and connectivity and the resulting Draft Prioritization Plan.  In addition, funding options for repairing existing sidewalks and constructing new sidewalks were presented for public feedback.

October 17, 2017 Open House Materials

The first open house for the sidewalk process was held on October 17, 2017.  The following information was shared at that time:

Sidewalk Advisory Committee (SAC)

As part of the public process for developing the Sidewalk Prioritization Plan and ADA Transition Plan, the City invited Shoreline residents to submit applications to serve on a Sidewalk Advisory Committee (SAC).  This was advertised in the May 2017 issue of Currents and on the City of Shoreline website. The City Manager appointed 15 members to serve on the SAC. Committee members represented a range of Shoreline neighborhoods and consisted of both long-time and new to Shoreline residents. The SAC considered different community interests, such as neighborhoods, schools, parks, and other destination points as well as considering youth, elderly, people with mobility challenges, and under-represented communities. One of the primary goals of the committee was to review how to prioritize and fund pedestrian improvements.

Following is a list of committee members:

Andrew Hellman (North City), Cara Hutchison (Hillwood), David Anderson (Hillwood), David Dailey (North City), Dennis Terpstra (Echo Lake), Dustin McIntyre (Ridgecrest), Julie Miller (Ridgecrest), Lisa Leitzelar (North City), Pamela Cross (Hillwood), Robin McClelland (Richmond Highlands), Rosa Singer (Ridgecrest), Ryan Gulick (Ridgecrest), Stephanie Angelis (Ballinger), Tana Knowlton (Ridgecrest), and Tim Friedrichsen (Richmond Beach).

The committee had its first meeting on June 29, 2017 and met through May 2018.

Monthly Meeting Information

Sidewalk Advisory Committee Meetings
Meeting 1
6/29/2017

Schedule
updated
6/29/2017

Meeting 2
7/27/2017

Schedule
updated
7/27/2017

Meeting 3
9/28/2017

Presentations:

Schedule
updated
9/28/2017

Meeting 4
10/26/2017

Schedule
updated
10/26/2017

Meeting 5
11/30/2017

Presentations:

Schedule
updated
11/30/2017

Meeting 6
1/25/2018

Schedule
updated
12/13/2017

Meeting 7
2/8/2018

Presentation:

no updates to schedule

Meeting 8
2/22/2018

Presentations:

no updates to
Schedule
Meeting 9
3/8/2018

Presentation:

 Schedule
updated 3/8/2018

Meeting 10
3/29/2018

Subcommittee Presentations:

Schedule
updated 3/29/2018 


Meeting 11
4/26/2018

Field Work - Sample Alternative Treatments

 Schedule

Meeting 12
5/10/2018
(FINAL)

Background

As anyone who has spent time walking through Shoreline knows, the City lacks a continuous network of sidewalks. Many of the sidewalks that do exist are sporadically located, ending abruptly in neighborhoods or commercial districts, or extending the width of a single parcel when constructed in conjunction with redevelopment at that site. Sidewalks, and the landscape amenity zones between sidewalks and streets, vary in width and many are narrower than the City’s current standard. In addition, existing sidewalks are showing their age with tree root damage, cracking, and curb ramps that need repair and upgrades to accommodate travel by people with disabilities and to meet ADA requirements.

Unfortunately, the cost to construct, maintain, and repair the miles of sidewalk the City already has or needs to construct exceeds the City’s currently available resources for this work. It can cost up to $2.5 million to construct just one mile of sidewalk. It can cost approximately $195,000 per mile to make significant sidewalk repairs along a tree-lined street. The City’s current funding for sidewalk improvements primarily depends on receiving highly competitive, and relatively modest, federal and state grants.

At a City Council goal setting workshop in March 2017, Council reviewed current City plans for addressing sidewalk needs and provided direction to develop a Sidewalk Prioritization Plan that re-evaluates and updates how the City prioritizes and funds sidewalk improvements. This process includes the utilization of a citizen Sidewalk Advisory Committee and open houses to gather community input on prioritizing and funding pedestrian improvement projects. The plan will be presented back to Council with recommendations for next steps in the summer of 2018.