The goal of the Sidewalk Safety Program is to repair and replace hazardous sidewalks and to complete unfinished sections of the sidewalk system over time. The City has a responsibility to ensure that sidewalks are maintained for the community as a whole, including upgrading corners to provide wheelchair ramps, maintaining new public alley approaches, and repairing sidewalks in the public right-of-way.
The effort to ensure sidewalks are maintained in safe condition is shared by property owners. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks and driveway approaches next to their property's frontage. Chapter 2.15 of the City's Municipal Code establishes the property owners' responsibility for repair and their liability in case of an accident.
The City conducts an annual Sidewalk Safety Program. Each year, a sidewalk district is surveyed for sidewalks in need of repairs. The repair criteria are specific, to ensure consistent application in every situation. Once the problem sidewalks are identified, the City puts the total work out to bid, with the bid going to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder, in accordance with State of Oregon purchasing and contracting guidelines. The City's Sidewalk Maintenance Fee provides an annual source of funding to do this work, and the City will repair defects each year up to the amount of funding available.
For more information or to report a sidewalk hazard, call the Public Works Department at 541-766-6916.