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About the Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program

 

Why does Denver need a sidewalk repair program?

Our residents need more transportation options and better conditions for travelling by foot.  With this new sidewalk repair program, Denver will address deteriorating sidewalk infrastructure citywide, ensuring a well-maintained, well-connected network for walking that is implemented as affordably as possible.

Who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance in Denver?

Per city ordinance, Denver property owners are responsible for the repair and maintenance of the sidewalks adjacent to their properties.

When are you coming to my neighborhood?

The sidewalk repair program divides the city into 11 roughly comparable sidewalk regions. (See the region maps - PDF)

Inspectors will focus on one region at a time and are looking at trying to get through one region per year, inspecting sidewalks and offering property owners recommendations on repair options. By focusing on a specific region, the city concentrates its resources in one geographical area, creating cost efficiencies that can be passed along to property owners utilizing the city’s contractors for repairs.

What regions will have their sidewalks inspected and repaired first?

Regions were prioritized based on several criteria including:

  • lowest rates of automobile ownership
  • highest rates of youth, seniors, and people with disabilities
  • more damaged sidewalks in proximity to schools and transit
  • damaged sidewalks along arterial streets, closest to transit, as compared to collector or residential streets.

If I’m not in the region being inspected, can I call in a complaint?

Yes, you can report hazardous sidewalks outside the region in which the repair program is operating. However, property owners outside the region who are noticed for hazardous sidewalks must use their own contractor and will not be eligible to utilize the city’s sidewalk repair contractor or sidewalk repair affordability program.

Will this program address missing sidewalks?

No, this program’s goal is to address damaged, sloping, and uneven sidewalks; it is not installing missing sidewalks. The city has a separate initiative that is working to fill gaps in the sidewalk network.

Will the repair program increase sidewalk width?

No, the city is only requiring like-for-like replacement as part of the sidewalk repair program.

 

Flagstone Sidewalks

 

What options will I have for damaged flagstone sidewalks?

Denver’s sidewalk repair program will offer multiple options to fix flagstone sidewalk panels to allow property owners to decide on their preferred repair method if they choose to have the city perform repairs.

The city will list quotes for “mudjacking” to relevel flagstone as an available, potentially lower-cost remedy on repair notifications provided to property owners. Other options may include replacing flagstone with colored concrete, or a more expensive releveling process.

Owners of single family residences and duplexes can select the the city to 1) mudjack or relevel their flagstone or 2) replace flagstone with concrete. White or red-tinted concrete may be used to blend the concrete in with the flagstone.

What do I do if I want to replace my flagstone sidewalks with new flagstone?

Property owners who want to replace damaged flagstone with new flagstone should contact a flagstone company or supplier. (See the 2018 Flagstone Information PDF)

Owners of multi-family and commercial properties will need to hire their own contractor to relevel flagstone, replace flagstone with concrete, or replace damaged flagstone with new flagstone.

If I am buying new flagstone, what are the requirements for my sidewalk?

Based on input from experts and analysis by staff, Denver Public Works has adjusted its standards, reducing the thickness requirement for new flagstone from 4 inches to 2.5 inches. Based on discussions with providers, a 2.5 inch flag is more readily available and less expensive, while still providing the necessary strength.

If I am hiring a contractor, what do I do if they cannot make the repairs within 45 days?

Based on input from advocates and discussions with flagstone providers regarding typical repair response times, DPW may allow property owners a second 45-day period (90 days total) to arrange repairs with a flagstone provider. Please call 311 or email NSRP staff for information about extensions and scheduling work.

 

 

HAZARDOUS SIDEWALKS

Uneven sidewalk

sidewalk with tripping hazard of more than one inch between panels


Wide panel gaps

sidewalk with gap of more than one inch between panels


Repairs near trees

damaged sidewalk near tree in right of way tree lawn


Panels in need of replacement

individual sidewalk panels that have been crushed at corners


Damaged flagstone

uneven sidewalk made up of flagstone panels