Promenade added to 6-year plan for Langley

The Village by the Sea is eyeing a new promenade at Seawall Park in its updated transportation plan.

The proposed 12-foot concrete sidewalk is the only major addition to the city’s six-year transportation improvement plan, which must be updated annually. The council approved a first reading of the plan Monday.

The promenade is slated in the 2020 projects, but funding to cover the estimated $325,000 cost hasn’t been identified yet, Public Works Director Stan Berryman told council members. The city is in the process of applying for a Federal Transportation Alternatives grant.

During public comment, resident Sherri Thatcher asked Langley staff to consider people who use walkers in these new projects. She said the city’s steep streets and uneven surfaces cause difficult and sometimes painful walks, even for short distances.

Mayor Tim Callison said the city has streets, sidewalks and buildings that are over 100 years old, and it can’t afford to replace and improve all of them at once. However, he said the city was committed and required by federal law to ensure that when improvements are done that they are up to ADA standards.

Also planned for 2020 is pavement reconstruction on Saratoga Road, Sixth Street and Decker Avenue. These projects will include storm water and drainage improvements.

For 2021, there are plans to put asphalt overlays on First Street, improve Anthes Plaza and build an ADA-compliant sidewalk on Frick Lane. The project is expected to cost $975,000.

The final transportation plan will need a second reading and an official plan agreed upon by council for the Seawall Park project before it can be adopted.

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