Sidewalk / Walkway  Program

New developments in Bothell are required to construct sidewalks along the project’s street frontage. But that has not always been the case. To address pedestrian safety where sidewalks do not exist, the City established the Sidewalk/Walkway Program. The budget for this program varies depending on grants awarded. The estimated annual budget for this program is $450,000 in City funds which may be supplemented with additional grant funds. 

Where Does the Money Come From?

The City pays for its Sidewalk / Walkway Program with money from the Capital Fund.

What Does This Work Include?

  • Analyzing sidewalk and curb ramp conditions
  • Coordinating sidewalk construction with other roadway work
  • Ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Prioritizing sidewalk projects
  • Seeking grant funding

How are Projects Prioritized?

The Sidewalk/Walkway Program staff analyzed GIS data and inspected approximately 87 miles of sidewalks and 833 curb ramps in 2015. Projects are evaluated for inclusion in the long-term program and prioritized based on the vision and goals of the Imagine Bothell. Comprehensive Plan and the criteria below:


  • ADA non-compliance
  • Citizen request
  • Collision data
  • Missing sidewalk and curb ramps
  • Proximity of low income housing
  • Proximity of public services
  • Proximity to School zone
  • Street classification

The current priority list includes approximately 2180 projects. The list is reviewed annually and adjusted as conditions change.  Installing sidewalks costs about $300 to $1,000 per linear foot depending on whether storm drainage, curb/gutter, and availability of right-of-way must be considered.

Americans with Disabilities Act Grievance Procedure

The City of Bothell is committed to providing equal access for persons with disabilities in its programs, services, and activities. Citizens who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability should email Dean Perez, ADA Coordinator.