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.
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:
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