Pulaski County / City of Hawkinsville Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning

Pulaski County / City of Hawkinsville Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning

As a participating community in the National Downtown Main Street Program and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Better Hometown Program, the City of Hawkinsville is rediscovering their downtown area as an important community focal point where residents are coming to shop, eat, entertain, and socialize. Parking of automobiles is a constant problem in the downtown area, along with the congestion and pollution they bring. Increasing the use of bicycling and walking, transportation to the downtown area from outlying residential areas would not only reduce the existing problems associated with the automobile mentioned previously, but would greatly enhance the safety and pleasure of the downtown visitor.

In Fiscal Year 2004, the Georgia Department of Transportation contracted with the Middle Georgia RC to compile a sidewalk survey database for the City of Hawkinsville. The survey consisted of identifying sidewalk condition, sidewalk surface construction material, sidewalk width, beginning and end points, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), etc. as well as creating a base map of the city’s sidewalk network.

As a logical follow-on activity to this survey, the City of Hawkinsville prepared a Pedestrian Facility/Sidewalk Infrastructure Improvement Plan in 2008. The creation of this plan was made possible through funding assistance provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The plan provides local officials with a guide for current and future sidewalk maintenance, as well as recommendations for expansion to major activity centers and neighborhoods not currently served by pedestrian facilities. You can view the plan by clicking on the following link: Hawkinsville Sidewalk Plan.

There is also an opportunity for enhanced bicycle-pedestrian facilities and connectivity with the community’s River Walk project. This project seeks to connect two city parks and Downtown Hawkinsville through concrete trails and a wooden boardwalk. The proposed project is the first phase of a multi-year, multi-phase project that will ultimately consist of a two-mile bicycle and pedestrian path extending along the western shore of the Ocmulgee River from Veteran’s Park in Downtown Hawkinsville to the Pulaski County Riverfront Park.