Gulfport council members list to proposal for pedestrian sidewalk master plan

Gulfport council members list to proposal for pedestrian sidewalk master plan

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport city council members were given a presentation from the city's engineering department on the proposed pedestrian sidewalk master plan. More than a dozen streets in the city are proposed to get a sidewalk.

You see it almost every time you take Highway 90. People walking along the sidewalks. One day you could see that same action along some roadways in Gulfport.

That's because the city's engineer presented council members with a proposal to put 82 miles of sidewalks along more than two dozen major thoroughfares in the city.

"We are presenting a master plan for a sidewalk system for the City of Gulfport that primarily looks at the major thoroughfares and trying to address absent sidewalks and connecting sidewalk systems already in place," said Gulfport Engineering Technician Brandon Bogle.

The presentation on the proposal covered all aspects of the plan including the benefits of having a sidewalk system.

"Addressing safety concerns, as well as, looking at environmental concerns, looking at health benefits as well as looking at accessibility for ADA compliance for disabled community members," Bogle said.

Since the beginning of summer there's been planning for the proposed project to determine which areas were more in need of sidewalks.

"So probably one of the more important big regions is Pass Road which has a lot of sections listed as high priority. And then we also have examples of Highway 49, east Pass Road, 30th Avenue and Airport Road," he said.

Bogle said studies have shown adding sidewalks also offers an economic impact by increasing property values. Again this project hasn't been approved so there is no timeline on when it would start.

Tuesday's proposal also included six possible sources of funding which included the general fund, grants, the 50/50 sidewalk program, community development block grant, federal funding and bonds.

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