Management and Maintenance of a Walkable Facility

If components of a pedestrian circulation system are well planned, designed, and constructed,long-term maintenance needs and management costs of the facility will be minimized. Initially, community support is high during the planning phase for a new trail or shared-use path. However, once the facility is construction, enthusiasm generally wanes and it is difficult to garner interest in management and maintenance responsibilities. It is critically important,therefore, to prepare a management plan during the master planning process to identify ongoing management and maintenance needs, responsibilities, and costs. While facilities must be designed with accessibility in mind, they also need to continue to be in good repair, accessible, and regularly inspected to meet ADA requirements. The following guiding principles will help ensure the preservation of an effective management and maintenance system:

  • Start with sound planning and design to address future maintenance needs.
  • Consider protection of life, property, and environment as key aspects of management and maintenance.
  • Maintain and promote a quality outdoor recreation and transportation experience.
  • Develop a management plan that is reviewed and updated annually with operational policies, standards, tasks, and routine and curative maintenance goals.
  • Maintain quality control and conduct regular inspections.
  • Include police, fire/rescue personnel, and field crews in both the design review of the program and continuous management process.
  • Maintain an effective, responsive public feedback system and promote public participation.
  • Uphold good neighborly relationships with adjacent properties.
  • Operate cost-effective programs with sustainable funding sources.

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