Safe Routes to School
The City of Sedalia, Missouri wanted to provide a safe route to school for area children. The existing facilities connecting Horace Mann Elementary to nearby neighborhoods were in disarray. Broken concrete, steep slopes, missing sections, and lack of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps were all barriers to a safe walking environment.
The city received Safe Routes to School funding to improve the pedestrian connectivity in the area. The goals were to increase safety both to and from school and promote walking and bicycle riding. We were able to accomplish this by:
- Applying proper ADA guidelines.
- Coordinating efforts with the elementary school.
- Maximizing the awarded dollars to construct more sidewalks.
To stretch the award dollars, Affinis proposed only surveying at the curb ramps and each driveway to verify slopes. Utility companies were contacted and coordinated with, but not fully surveyed. To complete the majority of the design, an aerial photograph was used, and the sidewalk followed the existing profile, if it was within ADA guidelines.
This project was built in the spring while school was in session. To avoid conflict with school drop off and dismissal, construction activity ceased from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days.