City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

2018 Sidewalk Maintenance Program 

Sample Letter to Property Owner  |  Questions About the Sidewalk Maintenance Program

Sidewalk Aerial ViewSidewalks are a beneficial and desirable part of a community’s infrastructure, providing safe connections for pedestrians to other neighborhoods, parks, schools and other amenities, and enhancing public health. Many in the community are supportive of improving or adding to the City’s sidewalk network. In the 2017 Community Survey, 80% of respondents were supportive of a recent City effort to install new sidewalks on several main streets to support safe access to schools and other amenities.

In recent years, significant progress has been made expanding the community’s sidewalk network, with additions on key community connector streets such as Kenny Road, Fishinger Road, Tremont Road and Lane Road. However, it has become increasingly apparent that some of the existing, aging sidewalk networks within many neighborhoods are falling into disrepair.

The City has a Sidewalk Maintenance Program that provides for periodic inspections of existing sidewalks to determine if repairs or replacement work is necessary to keep the network in good working order. 

Consistent with most communities, the maintenance and repair for sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. The City will make repairs when damage has been caused by the roots of City-owned trees in the public right-of-way, defects caused by utility manholes or valves, and any curb ramps.

The City has recently conducted inspections of sidewalks in the northwest quadrant of Upper Arlington, bordered by Henderson Road, Riverside Drive, McCoy Road and Reed Road, and has subsequently developed a list of locations in need of repair or replacement, either by the property owner or by the City. In mid-January 2018, residents within this quadrant may receive a notice from the City if sidewalks adjacent to their property are in need of repair or replacement. An aerial view of their property will also be provided, indicating the location of the damage and whether the responsibility falls to the property owner or to the City for making the necessary repairs. Sections of sidewalk marked with blue numbers are the responsibility of the property owner, sections marked in red or green are the responsibility of the City.

When repairs or replacements are the responsibility of the property owner, the City is asking for the situation to be rectified by June 2018. Thereafter, the City will proceed with completing the necessary improvements as part of its Summer 2018 sidewalk improvements plans, with the costs billed or assessed back to the property owner upon completion.

Residents are being advised that the costs for repairs contained within the City’s contract could be higher than costs incurred by the use of a private contractor.

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Date of Record: 2018-01-01