Since 2018, the City has hired contractors to replace around 3,000 linear feet of sidewalk each year. The City marks the locations to be removed and replaced, then the contractor performs the work. In most cases, the sidewalk is being replaced because adjacent tree roots have lifted the sidewalk, causing trip hazards. In order to combat this issue, roots are trimmed, and a product called TripStop is installed to prevent future displacement. City crews replace additional sidewalks on an emergency basis.
Please note that neither the existing nor new concrete is "colored" concrete. While there is some limestone-based concrete around the city, most of the concrete contains Meramec sand and gravel, which provides the orange/brown look. While the new concrete initially appears to be a bright white, over time, the color mellows and the top layer of cement wears off, revealing the brown sand and gravel underneath.
Project Update and Schedule
The 2020 project once again includes $100,000 in funding, which will replace around 3,000 linear feet of sidewalk. The work will take place in Dougherty Lake Subdivision, finishing the work that started last year. Bids were received 3/4, with Sweetens Concrete Services the low bidder. Bids came in just under budget, ensuring that we can finish replacing deficient slabs in Dougherty Lake Subdivision, but there isn't enough funding to start work anywhere else. The contract was approved by the Board of Aldermen at their 3/23 meeting.
The Street Division can grind trip hazards or replace sidewalk slabs in extenuating circumstances. Call Public Works at 835-6130 to report a trip hazard.