Typically the City replaces over 1000 linear feet of sidewalk each year under contract. In 2018, we ramped-up to 3000 linear feet. City crews replace additional sidewalks on an emergency basis. The City marks the locations to be removed and replaced, then the contractor performs the work. In most cases, the sidewalk is being replaced because adjacent tree roots have lifted the sidewalk, causing trip hazards. In order to combat this issue, roots are trimmed, and when possible, a product called TripStop is installed.
Please note that neither the existing nor new concrete is "colored" concrete. While there is some limestone-based concrete around the city, most of the concrete contains Meramec sand and gravel, which provides the orange/brown look. While the new concrete initially appears to be a bright white, over time, the color mellows and the top layer of cement wears off, revealing the brown sand and gravel underneath.
Project Location and Schedule
The 2019 project will once again include about 3000 linear feet of sidewalk in Dougherty Lake Subdivision and along Des Peres Road. Bids were opened 3/6, with RV Wagner as the low bidder. Work is expected to start in early April, but has been delayed while waiting for utility locates.
The Street Division can grind trip hazards or replace sidewalk slabs in extenuating circumstances. Call Public Works at 835-6130 to report a trip hazard.