Carrollton Announces Major Sidewalk Investment Initiative
The Carrollton City Council has approved a three-year sidewalk investment program—with the first phase allocating $1.3 million in 2016—for a targeted sidewalk rehabilitation program in high traffic areas, including areas within 500 feet of public schools.
A citywide sidewalk evaluation was recently undertaken to identify and facilitate the repair prioritization of substandard sidewalks across the City. Sidewalks were identified as substandard if there were large cracks, severe cross slopes, dropped/raised panels, or other potential tripping hazards. The approved funding of $1,299,000 in 2016 will replace 58 ramps and 45,700 linear feet (8.66 miles) of sidewalks impacting 14 schools scattered throughout the City. Of the 14 impacted schools, one is in Dallas Independent School District, three are in Lewisville Independent School District, and 10 are in Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. The sidewalk replacements will improve walking conditions in the immediate vicinity of the schools and will contribute to community sustainability by providing a safer path for children to walk to school and ensuring less potential for injuries to citizens due to tripping hazards.
In addition to the approved sidewalk funding, the Carrollton City Council has changed the City’s Matching Grant Sidewalk Replacement Program from a 50/50 match program to a 90/10 program, with the City funding 90 percent of the cost. This provides an opportunity for citizens to partner with the City to financially expedite sidewalk repairs or replacement of eligible sidewalks that are the responsibility of the property owner. Sidewalks in single-family neighborhoods, located on a lot occupied by a single-family home, are eligible for participation in the program. Per 4’ x 4’ concrete panel, the average cost to a homeowner is approximately $12 (price is subject to change based on market).
To report an unsafe sidewalk, please call 972-466-3425. For more information on Carrollton’s sidewalk rehabilitation efforts, visit cityofcarrollton.com/impact.