Thanks to a first-of-its-kind federal grant to the community, several improvements will be coming to the area surrounding Parkview Hospital's Randallia Drive campus.
Beginning as early as Friday, occasional lane restrictions will be in place along portions of Randallia, Beacon Street and Lake Avenue allowing sidewalks, trails, bus pads/shelter, curb ramps and crosswalks to be installed along Randallia from Forest to Lake, along Lake from Pemberton to Coliseum and along Beacon from Forest to Lake. Work is expected to be completed by mid-June depending on weather conditions.
A $152,704 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to Citilink will be matched 20 percent with City Community Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds to pay for the project. Similar grants will be sought in the future, according to city officials
Trails and sidewalks will be built throughout the area, filling in gaps and replacing some existing walkways. Existing bus stops will be enhanced with concrete pads, and curb ramps will be constructed to provide accessibility to sidewalks where feasible. One existing bus shelter will be retrofitted with solar lighting and a new shelter will include solar lighting.
Through resident surveys, work with neighborhood leaders and other research, city planners identified areas most in need of improvements to make them more connected and pedestrian-friendly. The Randallia/Lake area was identified as a high priority because of its high population density and proximity to hospitals, medical facilities, schools and local bus routes.
This is not the first link between Citilink and Parkview. With the help of a $200,000 grant from the hospital, Citilink in January began weekday shuttle service between Parkview's Randallia Drive and its new regional medical center on Dupont Road.