Sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities increase mobility, improve safety and enhance quality of life for county residents.
Clark County Code requires property owners to keep sidewalks along their property in good order and repair.
Most new sidewalks are constructed as part of larger road projects, park projects and private development. In developed areas, the county’s sidewalk program helps extend existing sidewalks for short distances to fill gaps and make connections to existing sidewalk networks.
Design, right-of-way issues, permits and other preconstruction activities can take a year or more to complete before construction can begin. Sidewalk projects are built using county workers and local contractors.
Since 2007, Public Works has constructed 32.68 miles of sidewalk at a cost of $16.49 million, including sidewalks on large road projects. In established neighborhoods, Clark County’s Sidewalk Program has invested $9.67 million to complete 10.97 miles of new sidewalk.
The sidewalk program is largely funded by the property tax-based County Road Fund, supplemented by occasional state or federal grants. Funding for the program is set during annual updates of Clark County’s Transportation Improvement Program.
Request a project
Sidewalks are among the most frequently requested services by the public. Clark County Public Works received requests for sidewalk projects throughout the year from residents, neighborhood associations, school districts and other organizations.
To request a project, please submit your information using Public Works’ “Report a road or park concern” form.
Public Works reviews potential locations using a scoring process that includes pedestrian accident history, nearby housing density, road width, speed limit and sight-distance limitations caused by hills and curves. Distance to schools, stores, shopping, medical offices, bus stops and other destinations also are considered.
Top-scoring sidewalks are reviewed for potential conflicts with upcoming county road projects or private development proposals. Technical concerns, such as need for additional right of way, environmental regulations and construction challenges are also examined to determine when walkways will be built.
For more information, review the county’s sidewalk ranking criteria (PDF).
Proposed 2018/2019 projects
- Northeast 107th Avenue: Northeast Covington Road to Northeast 76th Street
- Northeast 131st Avenue: Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard to Northeast 76th Street
Proposed 2018 projects
- Highway 99: Northeast 122nd Street to Northeast 129th Street
- North Main Avenue: Ridgefield city limits to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s Carty Unit
Proposed 2017 project
- Highway 99: west side of Highway 99, Northeast 63rd Street to Northeast 78th Street
- Northeast 58th Street: Northeast 59th Avenue to Northeast Andresen Road
- Northeast 152nd Avenue: York Elementary School to Northeast 94th Street
- Northeast 111th Street: Northeast Fifth Avenue east
- Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue: multiuse path from Washington State University Vancouver's entrance to Pleasant Valley Community Park
- Sacajawea Elementary School pedestrian safety (Northeast 110th Street, Northeast 111th Street, Northeast Fifth Avenue)
- Northwest 43rd Avenue: Northwest McCann Road to the north
- Northeast 44th Street: Northeast St. Johns Road to Northeast 42nd Avenue (Truman Elementary School)
- Northwest 68th Street: Northwest Second Avenue to Northwest Fourth Avenue (Hazel Dell Elementary School)
- Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue: Northeast Alki Road to Northeast 63rd Street)
- Highway 99: interim walkway, Northeast 102nd Street to Northeast Parkview Drive