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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

A Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety


While there are many standards and guidelines for designing pedestrian facilities, the need for maintenance and various maintenance techniques to improve safety and mobility throughout the facility service life has not been well documented.  This Guide fills this gap by providing comprehensive maintenance-oriented guidance to any agency or organization responsible for constructing or maintaining pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, pedestrian signing, and paths.  The recommendations in this tool are the results of researching over 100 cities, villages, counties, state agencies, home owner associations, and other sources.

The Guide addresses a wide range of topics related to pedestrian facility maintenance, including the benefits of maintenance; common maintenance issues; inspection, accessibility, compliance, plans, and policies; day-to-day maintenance and structural repair methods; model construction techniques; potential funding sources; and various case studies and examples of successful practices.

Tool Type:
Informational Guide
Owner Source:
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

The information guide is free of charge at the following link: Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures