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Report: San Diego Has $170M In Sidewalk Requests

The city of San Diego has 425 requests for sidewalk installations throughout the city, which would cost a combined $170 million, but only budgets $1 million annually to pay for them, according to a report delivered Monday to the City Council's Infrastructure Committee.

Each project carries a price tag of $400,000, according to the report.

The money used to fund sidewalk installations is part of revenue from the half-cent TransNet sales tax.

"Some neighborhoods are missing sidewalks on common walking routes, and that is unacceptable," Councilman Mark Kersey, the committee chairman, said.

The need for installations could increase depending on an assessment of the city's sidewalk conditions, according to the report from the city's Transportation and Storm Water Department.

Kersey and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole said they will work with staff and the city's Independent Budget Analyst to revise city policies on sidewalks, some provisions of which are four decades old. The policies have led to confusion over whether the city or adjacent property-owners are responsible for repairing damaged sidewalks -- resulting in inaction, Kersey said.

"The city's longtime neglect of our infrastructure is as evident on our cracked and broken sidewalks as it is on our bumpy, potholed streets," Kersey said. "We need to overhaul these outdated policies in order to make San Diego a more walkable community with priority on creating safe routes to schools, enhancing ADA accessibility and improving business frontages."

San Diego has about 5,000 miles of sidewalks.

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Avatar for user 'Eddie89'

Eddie89 | December 10, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

If the sidewalk touches a public road, then it's city maintained. If the sidewalk is on private property, adjacent to a private parking lot and leads directly into a business, then it's most likely property owner maintained.

What's so hard about that?

40 years and they still can't figure it out!?

Do we need to hire someone with a Masters/PHD to figure this out?

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JeanMarc | December 10, 2013 at 10:05 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

How much will it cost to bring our roads up the first-world standards? 10 billion dollars? When I drive around San Diego I feel like I am playing a video game swerving around trying to dodge huge pot holes that are sure to damage my tire, rim, and possibly suspension and steering components.

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