What follows is the text of an email I received from the City of Austin as a follow up to last month’s meeting regarding sidewalks along Shoal Creek.

April 7, 2006

Survey on Shoal Creek Blvd.
Sidewalks in the Works

Dear Shoal Creek Boulevard Property Owner and/or Interested Party:

Thank you for your attendance/participation at the March 20
meeting at Gullett Elementary
  School regarding the installation of sidewalks
along Shoal Creek Blvd. As
a reminder, the Land Use and Transportation Subcommittee in February
recommended the installation of sidewalk along both sides of Shoal
  Creek Boulevard. The sidewalk will extend from 38th
  Street to Foster Lane.

As indicated at the meeting, it is the City’s strong
preference to have sidewalks on both sides of the street and as a quick straw poll
showed, over 50 percent of attendees agreed. However, we are working on a more
formal survey/poll of residents and owners to go out in about 2-3 weeks. As
this usage will be for the general public, it will also solicit input from
neighboring locations. After evaluating results of the poll, the City will
determine which option garnered at least a 60 percent majority and proceed from
there. Also be reminded that a “one-side only” vote won’t determine which side
of the street this may be placed but will be made by the City based on good
engineering determinations of cost, safety, projected usage, accessibility for
people with disabilities, environmental concerns, existing utility conflicts
and other similar issues.

Sidewalks, as you know, are installed in the public right of
way – that is, the area owned by the public immediately behind the curb and
extending usually 10’ to 20’ back from the curb to the property line. Our
sidewalk team is now reviewing the street identifying the constructability,
environmental and engineering issues associated with the project. As we
mentioned at the meeting, we will work with each property owner individually
along the boulevard to review the proposed location of the sidewalk and
wherever possible incorporate his/her interests into the plans. Although we
will be pleased to discuss specific issues with you if there is some immediacy
now, such as being out of town for an extended period, with the large number of
individuals we will be contacting and the still un-finalized determination of
which sides to place the sidewalk, we would appreciate allowing us to contact
you well in advance of any work adjacent to your property.

Please pass this information on to any of your neighbors who
didn’t attend that might be interested.

Again, thank you for your participation and interest.


Darryl Haba, Project Manager
Darryl.Haba [Email address: Darryl.Haba #AT# ci.austin.tx.us - replace #AT# with @ ]

Mike Curtis, Public Works
Pedestrian & Bike Program Manager
Michael.Curtis [Email address: Michael.Curtis #AT# ci.austin.tx.us - replace #AT# with @ ]