Pedestrian Corridor on Van Buren Infrastructure Request

Public Works is currently taking requests from residents for infrastructure projects for the 2019-2021.  I have been approached from several people who are interested in projects that would make Little Rock a better place for bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation but who are not familiar enough with current BikePed challenges and opportunities to make a meaningful request.  It is in that spirit that I share with you this and other ideas.  Unless Little Rock residents fill out an infrastructure request form for this idea, it will not be considered for the 2019-2021 funds.  The demand for each idea is measured, in part, by the number of residents requesting an idea.  Support from local organizations, businesses, and neighborhood associations can also help increase the likelihood that a project is selected for implementation.  Requests are due by September 30, 2017.

Creating a pedestrian corridor along N. Van Buren Street is important for the Hillcrest neighborhood, but is also important for the larger Midline to Heights Connection and even larger Midline corridor.

Figure 1.  These (red) are the two sidewalk segments needed to create a continuous pedestrian corridor on the west side of Van Buren.

If this is a project you would like to see completed, feel free to use any of the below language you would like to complete an infrastructure request form and submit it to Public Works no later than September 30th (postal mail and email addresses can be found on the form):

1) Briefly describe the proposed project.  Please include the boundaries of the project.

Pedestrian Corridor on west side of Van Buren:  Only two short sidewalk segments would have to be added to create a continuous pedestrian corridor on the west side of Van Buren from Kavanaugh to Markham.  This would create pedestrian connectivity from the Hillcrest to War Memorial using the traffic light at Markham and Van Buren to cross Markham.  I would like the City of Little Rock to construct a 5 ft. wide sidewalk on the west side of Van Buren starting at the corner of Van Buren and Woodlawn St. extending approximately 157 ft. until meeting the existing sidewalk midblock between Woodlawn and F St.  I would also like the City of Little Rock to create a 5 ft. wide sidewalk segment on the west side of Van Buren from F St. to G St., approximately 333 ft. If a new Master Plan reroutes the Midline to a route that bypasses this project's location, I would like the funding requested here to go toward making BikePed improvements to support that corridor.

2) Indicate if this is a new project or a continuation of an existing project.

This is a new project.