Preserving and expanding a high-quality pedestrian environment has been a long-term goal of the City of Douglas for many years. As a town with a highly walkable historic Downtown area and greenway trail, walkability is a high priority for the community. The creation of a Sidewalk Master Plan was listed as a desired project in the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Douglas.
During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the opportunity arose for the Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC) to prepare this Sidewalk Master Plan for the City of Douglas at no cost to the community. This plan was paid for using Federal Highway Administration funds provided through the Georgia Department of Transportation’s annual contract with the Southern Georgia Regional Commission for pedestrian and bicycle planning activities.
The primary focus of the plan is to identify where sidewalks are non-existent or needed, prioritize the needs, and to seek funding opportunities. Earlier this year, a Sidewalk Survey was posted on Facebook and on the City of Douglas website for citizens to voice their concerns for sidewalks in areas around Douglas. The interactive online map allowed people to vote on proposed sidewalk projects and to submit additional projects, which allowed 19 new project points, to be submitted to the map. All of the map locations submitted have proposed sidewalks in the plan, except for one location that is on a minor street (Cherokee Ave.) where a sidewalk is not considered optimal due to the estimated traffic volumes and cost.
The City of Douglas thanks everyone who participated with the online interaction from the website and Facebook that helped formulate the plan which focuses on expanding the pedestrian networks and closing gaps of sidewalks throughout Douglas. For the full Sidewalk Master Plan report, please visit the City’s website at https://www.cityofdouglas.com/26/Community-Development.