Washington Mayor Joe Wellman announced that the city has begun accepting applications from property owners to participate in the city’s new Sidewalk Replacement cost-share program.
Wellman said, “Many of the sidewalks in our city were built decades ago and have deteriorated to the point that replacement is necessary. In order to assist property owners, the city has established a cost-share program to give incentives for sidewalk replacement.”
The program will share the costs as the city will remove existing sidewalks, trees and stumps, then dispose of old material, and prepare the site. The property owner will be expected to pay for labor for installation and finish work on the new sidewalk. The city will also re-seed grass and install new curbs as necessary. Work will be done by the contractor selected by the city as a result of public bids now being accepted. The city will also pay for any required access ramps at crosswalks. The sidewalks will be built to city design and ADA standards.
Applications will be evaluated and awarded this spring for construction in spring and summer. Priority will be given to projects that involve multiple adjoining properties on a block and to those in high volume public areas. “This is an excellent opportunity for property owners to replace sidewalks,” stated Wellman. “And I thank the Council for appropriating funds for this. While there is a limit to the number of projects we can do each year, I encourage people to apply. Projects not accepted this year will have priority next year.”
Applications and details can be picked up by business and home owners at the Building Commissioner’s office located at 2100 Memorial Avenue between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information contact the Building Commissioner office at 254-8208.