The City of Twin Oaks is currently considering a proposal to build a sidewalk along a portion of Crescent Avenue. The purposes of the sidewalk is to provide a safer route for pedestrians who use the road for walking or jogging or to access Twin Oaks Park via the entrance on Golden Oak Court.
Project Plans and Estimated Cost
For the last several months, the City has been working with its engineers to develop a plan for the sidewalk. The proposed sidewalk would run on the north side of Crescent Avenue from Crescent Road to Golden Oak Court with much of the sidewalk to be constructed in the existing public right-of-way. You can download the complete plan at the links below:
Based on the plan above, the City is currently estimating the project cost to be $117,177.50. This cost includes a 10 percent contingency but does not include right-of-way acquisition or engineering fees. The project would be paid for using the city's operating budget, without the need for a bond issue or tax increase.
At a meeting on May 19, the Board voted to move forward with developing construction plans for a sidewalk along a portion of Crescent Avenue, as well as authorizing negotiations for right-of-way acquisition. The City currently estimates that the plans will take six to 12 weeks to complete.
Previous Sidewalk Plans
Over the last decade, the City of Twin Oaks has explored several options for making the community more walkeable.
- In 2012, the City's engineers produced a comprehensive plan for pedestrain pathways throughout Twin Oaks. The plan is very preliminary and sketches a possible route for a walking trail, but does not provide any additional detail or costs.
- In 2015, the City evaluated the possibility of running sidewalks down Boly Lane and Autumn Leaf. This evaluation included an aerial showing the potential route along with a discussion of the issues involved with such a project. It initially estimated the cost at $394,197, a figure that was later revised upward to $673,305 in 2018. The increase reflected the inclusion of utility relocation, traffic/erosion control, overhead, and a contigency in the estimate.
- In 2019, the Board considered a more scaled back version of the plan for Boly Lane, but ultimately decided to focus their efforts on Crescent Avenue instead. This resulted in a grant application for nearly $1 million federal funds in 2020 that would have completely rebuilt Crescent Avenue and added a sidewalk along a portion of the road. The grant effort was unsuccessful.