Sidewalk Repair Program

Historical Background

The City first started its systematic sidewalk repair program in 1987. The City Council was concerned about the deteriorated condition of sidewalks creating pedestrian safety and liability problems within the City. City Council directed staff to initiate a multi-year program that would cover the entire City. This work is done on an area-by-area basis.

In 1999, the City Council adopted a goal to "identify gaps in the sidewalk network, develop financing and implement multi-year programs to improve pedestrian access and safety." Planned action steps included:
  • Develop a new multi-year City-wide sidewalk repair schedule
  • Identify sidewalk gaps, prioritize their importance to the City-wide system, and install prioritized gaps on the same multi-year sidewalk schedule
  • Develop a Sidewalk Gap Financing Policy to address funding mechanism for gap construction
After 2001 (final year of the original fourteen year program), the entire City sidewalk system had been inspected and repaired to a half inch trip standard. However, over time the sidewalk system continued to need ongoing repair. In addition, several areas of the City had "gaps" within the sidewalk system that resulted in poor or incomplete pedestrian circulation.

New Policy

In 2002 City Council implemented a new Sidewalk and Special Assessment District Policy. The policy accomplished several objectives, including the following:
  • Established a new multi-year repair program, continuing the City's successful efforts to maintain our sidewalks to a 1/2 inch trip standard City wide
  • Established a new program to fill in the remaining sidewalk gaps throughout the City to complete our sidewalk system within the same multi-year schedule
  • Substandard sidewalk width (several areas have 4' wide sidewalk. 5' wide is standard)
    • 4' walk that is otherwise undamaged to be replaced with 5' sidewalk by the to eliminate trip hazards
    • 4' wide sidewalk that is damaged will be replaced with 5' sidewalk, included in the SAD, and pair for by the property owner, to eliminate trip hazards
  • Corner lots - side age sidewalk funding - To reduce the financial burden on corner lot properties 50% of the cost of damaged side age sidewalk will be paid by the City
  • A mechanism to address hardship claims was created
As with the first program, this program repaired dangerous, broken and deteriorated sidewalks. In addition the program replaced all non-standard ( 4 foot wide) sidewalk with 5 foot sidewalk to bring all walks up to current code, installed barrier free ramps at corners where required, installed missing sections of sidewalk (gaps) and replaced a limited number of driveway aprons (between the sidewalk and curb) where there was a hazard or construction problem along the sidewalk. As part of the program, the City paid for the upgrade of all 4" sidewalk which was in good condition otherwise and paid for one half of the cost of damaged side yard walks on corner lots.

As part of the Sidewalk Repair Program, the City's contractor replaces key flags and handicapped ramps at intersections and general sidewalk repairs and replacement. Funding was provided by property owners' special assessments each year on a district-by-district basis.

City Code

Under the City Code property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalks that abut their property. Under the sidewalk repair program, the property owners had the option of repairing their sidewalks or having the City's contractor complete the work. The City financed the contracted work and charged the property owners for the work through a three-year special assessment payment program.

Maps & Documents

People Powered Transportation & Sidewalk Repair Program (PPTP)

In 2014, City Council adopted a new People Powered Transportation and Sidewalk Repair Program (PPTP), View details of this new program which will begin in the summer of 2015.

Watch our People Powered Transportation and Sidewalk Repair Program Video