By the middle of next month, the city of San Diego will unleash two dozen local college students onto its sidewalks.
They’re part of a $1 million study to document San Diego’s cracked and root-damaged sidewalks. Engineering students from UC San Diego and San Diego State University will walk all 5,000 miles of the city’s sidewalks with a handheld GPS tracker. They’ll note where sidewalks are broken – and whether problems like overgrown tree roots or worn-out concrete are the cause. They’ll also point out areas where no sidewalks exist.
The students will start in the city’s older mid-city neighborhoods, such as City Heights, said transportation department spokesman Bill Harris.
“Those are the areas where we think we’re going to have the greatest areas of repair and maintenance needs,” Harris said.