Sidewalks Add to Economic Value of School

In a college environment, an upgrade in the sidewalk system will lead to an economic boost.

Sidewalk improvement is a long-term investment in transportation infrastructure. Pedestrian access is an important element of the

transportation network here at Florida A&M.

Repairing or replacing existing sidewalks on campus is a necessity. The addition of gutters, ramps, and rails in various areas increases accessibility for everyone. As a result of said improvements, the property value will increase. Sidewalks rarely affect the values of a property negatively unless they are in poor conditions. A higher property value results in an adequate appearance and visitor attraction. People would be more pleased to call FAMU’s campus home.

In fact, according to the property value within a campus environment can increase by as much as 20 percent. Cracks, potholes and worn pavement from deterioration present a negative view of campus upkeep.

Although improvements are beneficial when it comes to the economy, they do come at a cost. Pathway improvements come with a range of prices depending on the extent of the work and the content it is done.

Along with many other factors such as grading, utility relocation, culverts, pipes and curb work. The overall maintenance and upkeep is also important.

According to a sidewalk study done by, sidewalk construction costs can range from $12.50 to $120 per linear foot.

Adding sidewalks to existing roadways can cost $70 to $80 per linear foot. The fees also vary according to the type of materials that will be used. For example, mulch and asphalt are more feasible than concrete.

One of the most typical ways to fund sidewalk construction is to have the local government’s general fund for including sidewalk enhancements part of a road project. FAMU Student Government Association Freshman Senator Harvey Cecil Spear said “the council in fact would agree to support pathway

reconstruction around campus. But due to lack of funding by the state and a limited budget, the project seems more futuristic than immediate.”

With salary cuts, and help from state, local or private funding, FAMU could be on its way to a long-term economic stimulus.