Issue 108 - February 2021
Sidewalk Program UpdateBy Abraham Han, Management Analyst
The Authority recently updated the Executive Committee on the sidewalk inspection and maintenance program’s progress, which was created in 2015 to provide members with a systematic way to identify and reduce sidewalk trip hazards.
The sidewalk program currently consists of a master services agreement for various sidewalk inspection and maintenance services negotiated with Precision Concrete Cutting. This master services agreement provides Authority members with favorable pricing for sidewalk assessment and repair services, which translates to significant cost savings when compared to members seeking the services on an individual basis.
As of January 2021, a total of 31 members have removed a combined 69,835 trip hazards over the course of the sidewalk program. This averages out to roughly 11,639 trip hazards removed across the membership per year. Over the same period, the Authority’s members have invested approximately $4.7 million into sidewalk inspection and maintenance efforts, thereby lowering sidewalk-related risk exposures by reducing the total number of trip hazards. Members continue to be interested and participate in these efforts.
In addition to the current program, Authority staff is researching potential avenues to effectively expand the sidewalk program. As various elements are analyzed and determined to be viable, staff will present those ideas to the Executive Committee for further review and discussion.
In the meantime, members are encouraged to discuss program participation in its current form with their assigned Risk Manager.< Back to Full Issue Print Article