Understanding the City's Sidewalk Strategy | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Understanding the City’s Sidewalk Strategy

April 29, 2017

The city of Lakewood is entering its fifth phase of a 10-year strategy to improve the city’s 180 miles of sidewalks and keep them among the most pedestrian-friendly in the state.

Each year, the city sends inspectors to check the sidewalks for “trip hazards.”

This year, the city is focusing on three main sections in Lakewood: 20, 12, 4, all from Detroit to Clifton. See the attached map for those detailed sections in Lakewood.

In the fall of 2016, approximately 1,000 properties were inspected. Residents with trip hazards will fall into one of two categories: Grinding the seams of the sidewalk (at $34 per seem); replaced (approximately $7 per square foot).

Residents have some options. They can pay to have the sidewalk fixed themselves (after obtaining a permit) or participate in a citywide bid with the city’s contractor — the idea being to lower the price for property owners.

Property owners with identified sidewalk issues will receive a mailed letter from the city.

“One of our goals is to be the most pedestrian-friendly city,” said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. “We all have a role to play.”

“We began this project in 2013, and we made some improvements to make it more efficient, more cost-effective and more simple moving forward. We took a more customer-centric approach this year versus a more regulatory approach.”

The fifth phase of the 10-year plan runs from May through November. The city is using a map that divides the city into 30 sections, and plans to inspect three sections — or 10 percent — each year.

“This project will improve our city’s sidewalks, one section at a time,” said Joe Beno, the city’s director of public works. “It will also ensure pedestrian safety and our goal of being pedestrian-friendly.”

For this year’s phase, the city will pay for sidewalks damaged by the trees in the tree lawns. Have a look at the attached map to see if your street is getting an inspection.

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For more about the city’s sidewalk strategy, click here.