Management and Maintenance of Walkable Facilities

It is critically important to prepare a management plan during the planning process for pedestrian infrastructure to identify ongoing management and maintenance needs, responsibilities, and costs. The following guiding principles will help ensure the preservation of an effective management and maintenance system:

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Winter Maintenance Guide by IPA

  • Start with sound planning and design to address future maintenance needs.
  • Consider protection of life, property, and environment as key aspects of management and maintenance.
  • Maintain and promote a quality outdoor recreation and transportation experience.
  • Develop a management plan that is reviewed and updated annually with operational policies, standards, tasks, and routine and curative maintenance goals.
  • Maintain quality control and conduct regular inspections.
  • Include police, fire/rescue personnel, and field crews in both the design review of the program and continuous management process.
  • Maintain an effective, responsive public feedback system and promote public participation.
  • Uphold good neighborly relationships with adjacent properties.
  • Operate cost-effective programs with sustainable funding sources.

Winter maintenance of pedestrian facilities is essential to ensure public safety, provide pedestrian access and connectivity, support healthy communities, safeguard public assets, and ensure compliance with ADA. For more information, download: Winter Maintenance of Pedestrian Facilities in Delaware: A Guide for Local Governments.

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