Two new stretches of sidewalk will soon be completed in Bowling Green, and city public works will soon begin setting priority projects for fiscal year 2014.
Sidewalks on Lehman Avenue and Steeplechase Way are under construction and should be completed within a few days, Public Works Director Jeff Lashlee said.
Projects to expand Bowling Green’s network of sidewalks are completed every year, stemming from a 2007 city initiative, he said.
“In 2007, City Commission wanted to improve walkability throughout the city and various neighborhoods,” he said.
About $400,000 is budgeted each year for those projects, Lashlee said.
Projects on Holley Drive, Ogden Avenue, Russellville Road, East 11th Avenue and Collett Lane were recently completed, he said.
When the Lehman Avenue and Steeplechase Way sidewalks are finished, the city will have constructed about 5,000 feet of sidewalk in this group of projects, Public Works Technician David Hehner said.
In addition to those projects already completed or under construction, sidewalks on Westen Street, Ashley Circle and Catherine Drive are being designed, Lashlee said.
Most design and survey work for the sidewalk projects is done in-house, he said.
The sidewalk on Catherine Drive will connect Morgantown and Old Morgantown roads, Lashlee said.
Before this year, more than seven miles of sidewalks had been constructed as part of the sidewalk expansion initiative, he said.
Projects currently in design will be paid for with funds from the 2012-13 fiscal year budget. The process of compiling projects for the 2013-14 fiscal year will begin in the next month or so, Lashlee said.
Potential projects are scored looking at factors such as connection with other portions of sidewalk, demand and proximity to features such as schools and parks, he said. Financial feasibility is also taken into consideration.
— For more information about the city’s sidewalk program, go to bgky.org/publicworks/sidewalk.php.