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Sidewalk or Shared Use Path...What's the Dif?

posted Mar 22, 2012, 8:04 AM by Dirk Marshall   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 2:46 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]
Mesquite is an active community and driving along Pioneer Boulevard at any time of the day you can see people riding their bikes, walking their dogs, or running. What many of us don’t know is that the sidewalk along the north side of Pioneer Boulevard is actually called the Woundfin Trail and is part of the Parks, Trails and Open Space Element in the City of Mesquite’s Master Plan.

In contrast to sidewalks which are designed for pedestrian safety, trails refer to routes that provide a pleasant, walking environment and outdoor experience. Trails may, however, include the developed sidewalk routes. For example, a sidewalk may be considered a trail when it connects two park locations or offers amenities like wide surfaces or landscape buffers. Trails that are located next to roadways are called “Shared Use Path” and are used to provide a transportation route for bicycles and pedestrians.

A sidewalk is required to be five feet wide and is used primarily for pedestrians. A shared use path is a minimum 10 foot wide, next to roadways. This is to accommodate traffic in both directions, and includes pedestrians and bicycles.

The Pioneer Shared Use Path Project includes the removal of the 5 to 8 ft. wide existing sidewalk and construction of a 10 ft. shared use path along the north side of Pioneer Blvd., from Turtleback Road to Redd Hills Drive at Grapevine. The project also includes construction of a NEW 10 ft. wide shared use path from Horizon Blvd. up to the existing path at Calais Drive. Installation of benches along the path, retaining walls where needed, and modification of existing utilities will complete the project.

Funding for the Pioneer Shared Use Path Project is provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation through their Transportation Enhancement Program. This program provides funding for non-motorized transportation, including provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles. Ninety-five percent of the costs will be covered by NDOT and five percent by the City of Mesquite Park Fund, which receives funds from building permits issued in Mesquite. Projects can only be funded through the TE Program if they are on a current master plan for an area.

A Public Information Meeting on the Pioneer Shared Use Path will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 4 PM in the City Hall Training Rooms, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, NV 89027.

Completion of the Pioneer Shared Use Path Project will complete another piece of the Woundfin Trail and provide a safer path for non-motorized transportation. For more information on the City of Mesquite Trail System, view the Parks, Trails and Open Space Map, or contact the Planning Division of the Development Services Department at 702-346-2835.