Sidewalk Link and Repair Program

As convenient as driving is, walking connects us to a place in a way that driving simply does not. Sidewalks make it easier (and more safe) to travel on foot, but they're not just for walking--they're also for experiencing our surroundings in a more up-close and personal way. They can facilitate community interactions as we encounter our neighbors, and sometimes their pets, too!

The Sidewalk Link and Repair Program is designed to enhance walkability and improve pedestrian safety. Its two aims--to construct sidewalks where needed, and to fix sidewalks in need of repair--are meant to benefit everyone, from our youngest students to our eldest seniors.

In extending from one place to another, sidewalks connect schools to residences, businesses to parks, the fairgrounds to the rest of the valley. They help connect our places, and in doing so, they help connect those who live, work and visit here.

Sidewalk Link Locations

With City Council approval, the following sidewalk gap locations were identified for construction in 2016/2017:

  1. 7th Ave SE - north sidewalk between 13th and 14th Street SE
  2. 5th Ave SE - north and south sidewalks between 14th and 15th Street SE
  3. 7th Street SE - north of 27th Ave SE to close gap

Budgets and Project Lists

Puyallup's 2015, 2016 and 2017 Capital Budgets included funding for sidewalk links and repairs. The project lists for each year were prioritized according to citizen input and a staff analysis of existing gaps and needed repairs.
Project Status

May 2017 - Construction for the 2016 sidewalk links has been delayed until 2018 and will be built in conjunction with the 2017 sidewalk links (to be determined in late 2017) to capitalize on the cost savings that will be realized by combining these projects.
December 2016 - Design has progressed based on coordination and discussions with adjacent property owners to lessen the impact to landscapes and other features extending into the right of way.
August 2016 - Design work has begun. Location #3 (left) will be evaluated for full construction in 2016, or phased construction over multiple years based on the scope.
June 2016 - Council consideration of proposed link locations. Design will begin in early June with construction anticipated to begin in September 2016.

Left: Wildwood Park Drive, just south of Ferrucci Junior High. This sidewalk was constructed of pervious concrete in February 2016 as part of the 2015 Sidewalk Links Program.
Right: 14th. Street SW, near Meeker Creek; construction of a pervious concrete sidewalk in January 2016.
  1. Drew Young, P.E.

    Civil Engineer