The Cost of Pedestrian Facilities in SW Portland was evaluated by City of Portland staff December 2013 – January 2014. The results of the evaluation was communicated to SW Trails PDX.
Six recent infill sidewalk projects on one side of streets totaling 13,449 linear feet cost $7,574,065 for a cost of $563 per linear foot.
In 2013 SW Maplewood Rd. was outfitted with enhanced shoulders. This was done in connection with a project to improve the handling of storm water. 2,340 linear feet of enhanced shoulders cost $207,789 for a cost of $89 per linear foot.
In 2013 the parks department built a 48 inch wide compacted gravel trail at Stephens Creek. The cost was $266 per linear foot.
In 2014 Friends of Woods Park built a 250 foot long trail with assistance from SWTrails.org who supplied surfacing gravel and Portland Parks & Recreation hauled away brush after removal. Twelve volunteers worked about 4 hours. Assuming a volunteer labor rate of $20/hour the cost was $3.8 per linear foot of trail.
At the same time volunteers worked eight man hours to install a 10 foot long, 4 foot wide, wooden bridge with guard rail and skid protection on 12”x12” blocks for footings. The cost of materials for the bridge was $350; with the same assumed volunteer cost as above this comes to about $50 per foot of bridge
Expressing the cost on a per mile basis may be more impressive:
- Cap hwy 2011 est about $21.7 million per mile,
- 5 SW sidewalk jobs about $3 million per mile, and
- extended shoulders about $0.5 million per mile, and
- volunteer built trail about $0.02 million per mile.