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Lining up work on putting in new sidewalks in neighborhoods the safe walks are missing has staye uncertainn for years. The city's 5,000 miles in sidewalks has not kept local residents satisfied. THis Monday, a city council committee took up a proposal to replace the city's sidewalk policies that have not been updated since 1975.

The 50/50 sidewalk repair cost sharing program added to the city's policies in 1975 did not build up the work citizens do collaborating with the city on the neighborhood sidewalks that run along their property.

The city was "forced" to tackle the repair job largely on its own. In 2010, the city's workers took the problem head on, using city oney to ramp uneven sidewalk patches and repair sidewalks damaged by trees planted on the public right of way.

Two hundred requests for sidewalk repairs come in during a month.

District 5's city councilman welcomed an opportunity to "make sure our sidewalks are safe." The committee he sits on took charge of a plan to put San Diego city workers to work on 425 sidewalk installation projects at locations sidewalks are missing. Giving San Diegans the usual safe sidewalks will cost 170 million dollars.

The plan awaits an approval by the city council.

This is a Center Line Policy Alert.



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