The City of Winchester will complete a sidewalk construction project on Wentworth Drive between Valley Avenue and Cedarmeade Avenue on March 2, 2020 (weather permitting). The improvements include installing new sidewalks along the entire street as none exist now and replacing some underground utility infrastructure (water, sewer and stormwater).
The City designated this location as a high priority area in need of sidewalks following discussions with Winchester Public Schools several years ago. This area needs sidewalks to provide children a safe way to walk to and from Frederick Douglas Elementary School. For this reason, the City was awarded $450,000 in federal funds for the construction of new sidewalks in this area as a part of the “Safe Routes to School” program.
City Council selected the following option:
- Four-foot wide sidewalk on both sides of the street
- Raised crosswalks on Wentworth at the intersections of Beechcroft and Applecroft.
- All-way stop remains at the intersection of Russelcroft
- Replacement of the existing water and sewer mains which are old and in poor condition
- Curb and gutter on both sides of the street
- Underground storm water drainage improvements
- Street repaving and striping
- Project will be advertised for construction bids - summer/fall 2019
- Construction expected to begin - March 2, 2020
The total project bid was $2.58M and was budgeted for in the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan. Most of the cost for the pedestrian improvements will be paid for with the Safe Routes to School Program grant.
Streets will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project and closed to parking in the immediate work area. Detour signs will be posted. The expected completion date is March 2021 (weather permitting).
December 7, 2017 Options Update
Original 5 Options
Click the images to view the below images and associated maps for each option.
Option 1 - Parking on one side, 4 ft. buffer between curb and 5' sidewalk with trees
Option 2 - Parking on both sides of the street, 6' sidewalks
Option 3 - Parking on one side, no buffer between curb and 6' sidewalks
Option 4 - No Parking, 6' sidewalks
Option 5 - Parking on one side, 6' sidewalk on the other side (Letter to residents explaining additional option)
Public Input Open House
The City of Winchester held a Public Input Open House on June 28, 2017 to provide interested residents, property owners and businesses the opportunity to review the improvements being proposed, ask questions and provide feedback.