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

Understanding the City’s Sidewalk Strategy

March 22, 2016

The city of Lakewood is entering its fourth 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: 27A, Detroit to the south side of Lake, Cove to Nicholson avenues; No. 18, the north side of Clifton Boulevard, from Nicholson to Belle avenues; and No. 3 (from Detroit to south side of Clifton, Granger to West Clifton).

See the attached map for the detailed sections in Lakewood.

In the fall of 2015, approximately 1,000 properties were inspected. Residents with trip hazards will fall into one of two categories: Grinding the seams of the sidewalk (at $35 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 fourth phase of the 10-year plan will begin in June, and is expected to be completed by 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.