The Upper Allen Road Shared Use Path project begins at the terminus of the existing shared use path about 165 feet east of Baycrest Drive along Allen Road. It continues east along Allen Road to connect with another existing shared use path across the intersection of Allen Road and Spear Street.
Project Overview/Purpose -
This project is focused on closing an approximately 800 foot gap in the City’s shared use path network. It will create a 10 foot wide shared use path heading east along the north side of Allen Road at the end of the existing shared use path infrastructure that ends just east of Baycrest Drive and across Spear Street to connect to new shared use path infrastructure. The project will also look at creating a new pedestrian crosswalk and signals with a new sidewalk ramp in the northeast corner of the intersection linking it with the existing sidewalk, narrowing of the right turn lane heading south on Spear Street, and the inclusion of bike boxes on Spear Street.
Project Status -
The Upper Allen Road Shared Use Path project was part of a 2017 scoping study that looked at the approximately 800 foot bicycle and pedestrian gap along Allen Road beginning approximately 165 feet east of Baycrest Drive. The study looked at possible alternatives for a new facility that would close this infrastructure gap and incorporated public feedback from various workshops, presentations, and meetings. At the end of the study, the City received a report with the recommended alternatives, the preferred alternative, estimated construction costs, potential resource impacts, and permit requirements.
At the beginning of 2019, the City initiated a design for the Upper Allen Road Shared Use Path. Throughout the design process, the design itself was reviewed by City staff and the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee.
The City has finalized a design with its consultant, which includes the coordination of a Right-of-Way easement related to an old spring. On April 6, 2021, the City released a Request for Bids to construct this project. Bids were due on May 4, 2021, and a contractor was selected at the end of May. Construction began at the end of June/early July 2021, and was completed in October 2021.
Project Funding -
This project is estimated to cost about $180,000 to construct, and is being paid for by the Penny for Paths fund.
Project Questions -
If you have any questions related to this project, please contact
City Project Manager, Ashley Parker, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.