Sidewalk repair, replacement and construction

Sidewalks are an important part of the infrastructure in an urban community. Sidewalks connect neighborhoods, schools, parks and businesses and provide safe passage for citizens to get around the community.

Sidewalks are typically constructed within the public right-of-way. The adjacent property owner is responsible for the construction, repair and maintenance of sidewalks. Property owners have the responsibility to make sure sidewalks are safe, in good repair and clear of impediments, including the removal of snow and ice. 

The purpose of the program is to formalize a process where the City of Johnston will inspect sidewalks and order their repair, replacement, or construction. 

1. Sidewalk repair program

The program will also identify gaps in existing sidewalks so the City can order construction to fill in the gaps to improve the connectivity of sidewalks. The result of the inspection and construction program is to assure sidewalks are adequately maintained to enhance user safety and to assure the continuity of sidewalks to create a walkable community. 

This program will address the following situations:

  • Existing sidewalks that need to be repaired or replaced
  • Sidewalks that have been previously deferred by the action of the City Council
  • Existing developments in which sidewalks have not been constructed
  • Properties within existing developments where there are gaps in the continuity of the sidewalks due to lots that have not been developed
  • Sidewalks along minor arterial and collector streets
  • Sidewalks in areas where it has been determined there is significant pedestrian traffic

The City has been divided into eight zones and each year staff, or a contracted firm will inspect a zone to determine if sidewalks need to be repaired, replaced, or constructed.

A property owner may choose to repair or construct the sidewalk on their own, contract using a qualified contractor, or have the sidewalk repaired or constructed under the City contract. If the property owner chooses to have the sidewalk repaired or constructed under the City contract, they may choose to pay the cost of the repair or installation directly or have the cost included in the special assessment

Public Meeting
The City of Johnston will be holding a Public Information Meeting to discuss updating the pedestrian sidewalk ramps within the Green Meadows Neighborhood. This neighborhood is defined as the area east/north of Pioneer Parkway, west of and including Greendale Road, and south of and including Winwood Drive. Please refer to the map for a detailed area.  The purpose of this meeting is to continue the public involvement process that involves city staff and officials, residents, and stakeholders. The preliminary design is completed based on the past public input for the additions, deletions, and/or reconstruction of pedestrian infrastructure within the neighborhood.

The in-person meeting will be held via RSVP as follows:  

What:  Sidewalk Improvements-Green Meadows Public Information Meeting
Date:   October 19, 2021
Time:   5:30 – 6:30 PM
Place:  Johnston City Hall Council Chambers

If additional information is needed, please contact Molly Long, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, at (515) 254-1393, or Matt Greiner, Johnston Public Works Director, at (515) 278-0822.

Public Communication
View (PDF) the powerpoint presented during the public information meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.