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D.1.3.1 Sidewalk Conditions

Action

Conduct community outreach. Design and construct sidewalks in the district that provide maximum connectivity and are compliant with accessibility standards. Develop a plan and budget to keep them well-maintained.

Why

Sidewalks connect people to local businesses, jobs, education, places of worship, social events, food resources and more throughout the downtown, and this encourages increased foot traffic and economic development. Utilizing a well-maintained, accessible sidewalk can also be a more healthy, environmentally friendly, affordable, and welcoming way to get where you need to go. 

How
  • Conduct a sidewalk audit and hold community outreach events to understand existing conditions of sidewalks downtown. This can include a wishlist for improvements, amenities and additional sidewalk connections. 
  • Develop, fund and implement a plan to properly maintain sidewalks in the district. 
  • Develop, implement and plan for advertising your sidewalk network. 
  • Be sure local regulations and policies are in place to support installation and maintenance of the downtown sidewalk system.

Main Street Management Assessment Rubric

Scoring Standards
4
  • 80%+ sidewalks are smooth and even, not cracked, heaved, or missing
  • Sidewalks are wide enough to accommodate multiple users
  • Sidewalk ordinances are in place to clearly guide uses and usages that enhance the customer experience
3
  • 50-80% sidewalks are smooth and even, not cracked, heaved, or missing
  • Sidewalks are wide enough to accommodate multiple users
2
  • 40-50% sidewalks are smooth and even, not cracked, heaved, or missing
1
  • Less than 40% sidewalks are smooth and even, not cracked, heaved, or missing

Connecticut Main Street Center

P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141
860.280.2337

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