Community Infrastructure Improvement
Lehi City takes pride in its rich history and vibrant communities. As we progress into the future, our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our residents remains at the forefront. One significant aspect of this commitment is our ongoing sidewalk, curb and gutter improvement projects, aimed at creating safer and more accessible pathways throughout our city. As we strive to create a city that is both aesthetically pleasing and accessible, it’s essential to understand the factors influencing the presence of these infrastructures in different areas.
Why some areas lack sidewalks, curbs and gutters
In the heart of our city lies downtown Lehi, an area with an unique historical charm. While other areas boasts these essential infrastructure, older areas like downtown Lehi has faced challenges in implementation. Historically, the absence of these elements can be attributed to a lack of requirements for sidewalks and curbs before 1970. However, recognizing the importance of accessibility and safety, Lehi City is actively addressing these gaps through strategic initiatives.
Finding Solutions for the community
Lehi City is dedicated to finding solutions that benefit the community as a whole. The reality is that implementing sidewalks, curbs, and gutters for every home comes with significant challenges:
- The estimated cost to install sidewalks and missing curbs in downtown Lehi exceeds $16 million.
- The cost per square foot for sidewalk, curb, gutter, and pavement is approximately $357.50.
Lehi is dedicated to finding reasonable and cost-effective solutions that benefit the community as a whole. Federal grants plays a crucial role in executing improvement plans. The City is proud to have secured essential funding for its sidewalk placement and improvement initiatives. Two prominent funding sources have been instrumental in driving these projects forward.
Safe Routes to School Program
The Safe Routes to School Program has been a key contributor to Lehi City’s efforts in enhancing pedestrian infrastructure. This program focuses on creating safe and convenient routes for children walking or biking to school, promoting physical activity and ensuring their well-being. Through this initiative, the City has received funding to strategically place sidewalks in areas where children need to commute to school.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has played a crucial role in funding sidewalk, gutter, and curb improvements in select areas, with a current focus on downtown Lehi. Through this federally funded grant the City currently receives funding of $200,000 to $300,000 for the improvement of public facilities and infrastructure improvements.
With the assistance of the CDBG, Lehi has been able to address infrastructure gaps and improve the overall aesthetic appeal of key areas, such as the ongoing project on 200 West, from 600 North to State St, which will benefit approximately 17 families. The target date for this project is summer 2024. This funding source exemplifies the City’s commitment to creating a more secure and appealing environment.