New Sidewalk Requests

How To Request A Sidewalk

The Takoma Park City Council has established a process for new sidewalk requests. Residents request the initiation of a sidewalk planning process via an active and recognized neighborhood association or residents in the affected area request that the City perform a survey of the households in the affected area and at least 50% of the responders provide a yes vote. The City Council or City Manager can also initiate a new sidewalk request.

City staff will review the request and determine the appropriate length of the proposed sidewalk, to ensure that it will function effectively and be in compliance with Federal and State regulations. 

Once a request is received by any of the methods listed above, the City will schedule a community meeting. All households in the affected area will be mailed a notice notifying them of the meeting. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide factual information about the requirements for the size, location and construction impacts of a sidewalk, and inform residents of the City’s planning process for new sidewalk requests. 

After the meeting, the City will mail a survey to the households in the affected area. If at least 50% of the responses received are positive, the project will be assigned to an engineering firm for development. The design development process will be dependent on funding and requests will be placed in a queue based on the date the request was received or survey was completed. 

Complete details on how to request a sidewalk are available in Takoma Park City Council Resolution 2012-16:

If you have any additional questions please contact the Public Works Director at 301-891-7615.

New Sidewalk Request Status

Location Status Design Document
Glenside Drive Request received in Dec. 2014 NA
Colby Avenue Request received in June. 2014 NA
400 Block Lincoln Received positive vote for design. Will soon move to design stage NA
1000 Block Elm Seeking Construction Vote. Review the information at the end of the page. Plan
Orchard Avenue Construction planned summer 2015, pending easements Plan

Allegheny Avenue

From 4th to Highland

Construction planned summer 2015, pending easements Plan

Sligo Mill Road

From Orchard to Sheridan

Construction planned summer 2015, pending easements Plan

4th Avenue

From 6424 to 6430

Construction planned summer 2015, pending easements Plan


From Kansas to 5th

Design review meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Once the design is finalized the project will be placed on construction queue. Updated Plan

Kansas Lane

Allegheny to Cockerille

In design stage NA

To view details such as dates of each sidewalk request, design votes, construction votes and additional issues please review the document listed below. 

Document: Sidewalk Request Details


1000 Block Elm

The City received a request for consideration of a sidewalk in the 1000 block of Elm Avenue in August, 2013. An informational meeting was held on November 6, 2013. The initial community vote for design was 27 votes in favor and 9 opposed. The City hired Whitman Requardt and Associates to develop the design. A meeting was held January 22, 2015 to review the design. Based on comments received at that meeting, the design was revised. 
Residents in the affected area are asked to vote regarding construction of the sidewalk by May 15, 2015. The City mailed a notice of the opportunity to vote to all affected households on April 24, 2015.
The final design is below -