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Robinson Trust to fund many Town sidewalks

Former Councilmember Maud Robinson, who passed away in 2019, left the bulk of her estate to the Town of Vienna for the specific purpose of building sidewalks over a five-year period, specifically in areas where they aren’t already planned or likely to be funded through grants or new construction. The majority of Robinson’s estate will endow the Maud Ferris Robinson Charitable Trust, which will fund these sidewalk projects.

The Town of Vienna is identifying streets - where curb and gutter already exists - on which sidewalks may be installed. Before Town Council makes a decision as to which projects to move forward with, residents on selected streets will be contacted by the Town and given an opportunity to provide feedback.

The Town of Vienna currently has roughly 85 miles of sidewalk. The Robinson bequest is expected to provide up to 3.3 miles in additional sidewalks throughout Town. Public Works Director Michael Gallagher notes that it could take up to two years from identification of a street to walking on sidewalks. The Town will use contractors for this work.

Proposed Sidewalks and Current Status

Approved by Town Council and going to design:

  1. Plum Street SW from Cottage to Tapawingo
  2. Cabin Road SE  from Branch to Glyndon
  3. Holmes Drive NW from John Marshall to Upham

Awaiting survey responses (April 7 deadline)

  1. DeSale St SW from Moore to Tapawingo
  2. DeSale St SW from Tapawingo to end 

Awaiting survey responses (April 16 deadline)

  1. Tazewell Road NW from Holmes to Lawyers 
  2. Delano Drive SE from Echols to end 
  3. Orrin Street SE from Delano to Follin 
  4. Cherry Street SW from Courthouse to Cottage 
  5. Melody Lane SW from DeSale to Lullaby 
  6. Melody Lane SE from Lullaby to end 

FAQs about Robinson Trust Sidewalks

To submit feedback, ask questions, or request that your street be considered, please send an email with "sidewalk" as the subject to Alsinia Ervin.