Background: The purpose of this research project was to evaluate the implementation issues of sidewalk projects that are funded through various federal programs administrated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). This evaluation has identified specific problems through a review of past and current projects in the Safe Routes to School (SRTS), Transportation Enhancements (TE), Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative (PCTI) programs and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Projects selected included those that were planned sidewalk installations but were not successful or were significantly delayed in the implementation of the project.
Findings: This report provides specific recommendations to PennDOT to improve the implementation process for sidewalks. One of the primary methods of funding sidewalk construction is through the TAP and many of the recommendations focus on that program. However, additional opportunities are also recommended for consideration outside of the TAP to meet the general goal of increasing walking opportunities in Pennsylvania.
These recommendations were based upon the literature review, surveys, case studies and current legal framework to provide potential enhancements in three key areas to improve sidewalk project implementation in Pennsylvania.
The results identified specific action that could be taken by PennDOT to improve the implementation of sidewalks in Pennsylvania.
In order to implement the research findings, several documents and processes need to be modified, including:
Recommendations were made in three key areas: