Mountain Brook Sidewalk Project
By Jennifer Brown, P.E., Sain Associates
The Mountain Brook Sidewalks APPLE Study was initiated by the City of Mountain Brook through the Advanced Planning, Programming, and Logical Engineering (APPLE) program developed by the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB). The City requested professional planning assistance to evaluate the feasibility of installing sidewalks along roadways located in the city limits of Mountain Brook. The strategy for the study included completing the following:
- Identifying where sidewalks are needed and/or desired.
- Evaluating their constructability.
- Determining an opinion of probable cost.
- Prioritizing the installation of potential sidewalk segments.
- Identifying construction phasing.
- Identifying available funding for sidewalk installation.
The duration of the study was eight months and the final study deliverables included a revised sidewalk plan for the City with phased sidewalk projects and information on available funding.
After Sain’s sidewalk evaluation, a segment of Hagood Street was chosen for sidewalk installation. Sain then provided engineering and surveying services for the design of the new sidewalk, which is from the intersection of Euclid Avenue north to the city limits. The west side of the road was selected for this project because of space limitations and utility pole presence on the east side. However, a challenging drainage situation on the west side made drainage analysis a key factor in the design.
We enjoyed working with the City of Mountain Brook on this effort to update their sidewalk master plan. Through public involvement meetings and dialogue with the City Council, we were able to identify and prioritize several phases of future pedestrian improvements that will add to Mountain Brook’s already great reputation as a walkable community.