Monday’s long-awaited discussion on San Diego’s illogical sidewalk rules ended with a promise for another long wait.
Council members on the city’s infrastructure committee pledged to deal with the policy once a team of engineering students finishes walking San Diego’s 5,000 miles of sidewalks to evaluate their condition. Currently, the sidewalk rules give neither the city nor property owners incentive to fix busted sidewalks. The evaluation hasn’t started yet, even though $1 million was allocated in June, and is expected to take a year to complete. Final recommendations on policy fixes won’t come until early 2015 either, Council members said Monday.
In the meantime, city transportation staff gave Council members a three-page report on how screwed up sidewalks are. Here are five of the most eye-popping numbers from the report and Monday’s committee discussion:
This is the number of sidewalk repair requests the city receives every month. Most of them are for sidewalks damaged by tree roots, and these repairs cost about $2,500 a pop. Assuming all the sidewalk requests were to fix these problems, it would cost $6 million a year to do it.