On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the City’s sidewalk repair program, approved by City Council on January 8, 2019 (R-2018-17), began in the City’s North End. The contractor will be grinding down uneven sidewalks to reduce trip hazards and the City’s staff will follow to apply colored asphalt to smooth broken or uneven sections. The city will be divided into sections, similar to the leaf collection process (map), with repairs beginning in Area 7.
These repairs are intended to be a temporary fix to improve sidewalk conditions until funding is available to replace that section of sidewalk. All city sidewalks will be repaired using these methods unless replacement is planned in the next three years in accordance with the projects identified in the Sidewalk Master Plan, such as the city-wide water meter and sidewalk replacement or northeast sidewalk replacement projects.
All repairs are expected to be completed by spring of 2022.
This sidewalk repair program is being funded by the City’s General Fund ($500,000 in FY19 and $500,000 included in the FY20 proposed budget). To replace all damaged sidewalks in the city, it is estimated to cost over $20M.