Sidewalks

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Sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities increase mobility, improve safety and enhance quality of life for county residents.

Clark County Code requires property owners to keep sidewalks along their property in good order and repair.

Clark County Code, 12.26, Sidewalk Maintenance and Repair

Most new sidewalks are constructed as part of larger road projects, park projects and private development. In developed areas, the county’s sidewalk program helps extend existing sidewalks for short distances to fill gaps and make connections to existing sidewalks.

Design, right-of-way issues, permits and other preconstruction activities can take a year or more to complete before construction can begin. Sidewalk projects are built using county workers and local contractors.

Since 2007, Public Works has constructed 38.25 miles of sidewalk at a cost of $28.6 million, including sidewalks on large road projects. In established neighborhoods, the county’s sidewalk program has invested $10.7 million to complete 7.6 miles of new sidewalk.

Funding

The sidewalk program is largely funded by the property tax-based County Road Fund, supplemented by occasional state or federal grants. Funding for the program is set during annual updates of Clark County’s Transportation Improvement Program.

Request a project

Sidewalks are among the most frequently requested services by the public. Clark County Public Works received requests for sidewalk projects throughout the year from residents, neighborhood associations, school districts and other organizations.

To request a project, please submit your information using Public Works’ “Report a road or park concern” form.

Photo of sidewalk construction

Selection process

Public Works reviews potential locations using a scoring process that includes pedestrian accident history, nearby housing density, road width, speed limit and sight-distance limitations caused by hills and curves. Distance to schools, stores, shopping, medical offices, bus stops and other destinations also are considered.

Top-scoring sidewalks are reviewed for potential conflicts with upcoming county road projects or private development proposals. Technical concerns, such as need for additional right of way, environmental regulations and construction challenges, are also examined to determine when walkways will be built.

For more information, review the county’s sidewalk ranking criteria (PDF).

Sidewalk projects

2019 projects

  • North Main Avenue: Ridgefield city limits to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge's Carty Unit (managed by Western Federal Lands)
  • Highway 99: Northeast 122nd Street to Northeast 129th Street (PDF)
  • Northeast 68th Street: Highway 99 east to Vancouver city limits (design only)