State College Marks the Way for Improved Sidewalks
The Borough is performing annual sidewalk inspections in the Highlands neighborhood
State College, PA – State College residents take great pride in living in a walkable community. Nearly all properties in the Borough have sidewalks adjacent to the property within the street right-of-way, and it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the sidewalks. In order to keep sidewalks safe and in good repair, the Borough annually completes an inspection of the sidewalks to identify deterioration and tripping hazards. The inspection is done every four years in residential neighborhoods, on a rotating basis, and every other year in the downtown.
This year, sidewalks in the Highlands neighborhood are being inspected. Due to severe winters in 2013-14 and 2014-15 more sidewalk repairs are likely to be needed than in previous inspection years.
Once the inspection is completed, the Borough will solicit bids from contractors for the replacement of sidewalks identified as needing to be repaired. A notice will then be sent to property owners the first week of June, giving them 90 days to complete the needed repairs to the sidewalk. A pamphlet explaining various repair methods will also be included with the notice. Once property owners complete the repairs, they must contact the Borough Engineer’s Office and request a final inspection. Once repairs are approved, the sidewalks will be removed from the contractors list for replacement. Sidewalk blocks not repaired within the 90 day period will be replaced by the Borough’s contractor in October. Property owners will be provided the contractor’s price for the sidewalk replacement, with the notice sent in June, so they can best decide how to proceed with repairs/replacement.
The Borough is committed to developing a community that provides all people the opportunity to enjoy civic facilities, programs, services and activities without encountering barriers to access. Information on the sidewalk program can be found on the Borough’s website at www.statecollegepa.us/334/Sidewalks. Property owners who have questions regarding the program can email email@example.com or call (814) 234-7140.