Two projects completed in the summer added sidewalks to busy roads in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
One project installed approximately 1,700 linear feet of 5-foot-wide sidewalk, including some pervious concrete for stormwater management, to the southside of Southlawn Lane between Lofstrand Lane and East Gude Drive. Constructed at a cost of $760,000, it also includes curb and gutter, storm drain inlets and pipe, and new trees.
A second project installed 1,050 linear feet of 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side of North Horners Lane, between Dover Road and Westmore Avenue. Costing $480,000, it includes curb and gutter on the west side, and part of the east side, of the road, drainage improvements, and landscaping.
The projects, the first sidewalks on these roads, advance the city’s goal of improving connectivity through safe pedestrian facilities that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This month offers a chance to use those sidewalks, as Maryland celebrates Walktober. The state Department of Transportation is hosting a series of “walkinars,” free webinars beginning Thursday, Oct. 1 on walking-related topics such as advocating for pedestrian safety; improving pedestrian connectivity to support public health and safety; tools for identifying pedestrian-accessible routes and supporting walk equity; and information about local walk initiatives. Walk Maryland Day is Wednesday, Oct. 7. Register at www.mdot.maryland.gov/walktober.
For information about sidewalks in the city, including how to petition for one in your neighborhood, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/sidewalks.