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Sidewalk construction in Norwood

By Jeny mendez
On April 11, 2012

The city of Cincinnati has undergone much recent construction, whether it is Dana Avenue or sidewalk repair

between housing properties. The sidewalk repairs began

in an effort to increase safety in Norwood. The Sidewalk Safety Program is a major infrastructure program. The Cincinnati Municipal Code (CMC) defines sidewalks as

"...the portion of a street lying between the established

or presumable curb line and the adjacent property line; the portion set aside for pedestrian use." Generally, sidewalks are made up of three elements: walk, driveway and sod

space. These components vary in width and location.

Business districts normally do not have sod space and

may have fewer driveways. Unimproved streets typically

do not have walks. The type of walk and driveway

construction varies. For example, in the Central Business

District structural slabs cover basement areas extending into

the public right-of-way; recent construction has placed

a "topping " of clay pavers on these slabs. In neighborhood business districts, unistone pavers have recently been used in lieu of concrete. However, the vast majority of walks and driveways are of plain concrete construction. While no comprehensive inventory currently exists, we estimate there are 1,700 miles of improved sidewalk space (i.e.,

frontages with paved walk and driveway surfaces) within the city of Cincinnati. To bring the size of these facilities

into perspective, we estimate there are an estimated 2,000 acres of walks, sod space and driveways throughout the city. On average, it costs more that $130,000 to construct one mile of sidewalk and driveway on each side of a street.

Due to many factors, these facilities must be periodically replaced to promote public safety. Responsibility for constructing and maintaining sidewalk space is shared by property owners and the city. The City Engineer is responsible for supervising sidewalk construction, reconstruction or repair. City Capital funding is used

to repair walks at intersections, bus stops and abutting property controlled by General Fund City agencies.

These repairs were done with the purpose of increasing the

safety of both residents and visitors to the Cincinnati area.


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