According to Dublin City Code, the repair and maintenance of sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner(s). If a property owner is concerned about the condition and safety of their sidewalk, they may arrange to have the sidewalk repaired on your own. A right of way permit is required for this work. The right of way permit may be obtained from the Division of Engineering at 614.410.4600.
As an alternative, Dublin is one of the few communities that provide a courtesy sidewalk maintenance program in order to assist residents with sidewalk maintenance and repairs of safety issues. City Council has allocated $50,000 for city-wide sidewalk repairs for 2016. The repairs offered as a part of this year’s program are in the form of sidewalk shaving. The purpose of sidewalk shaving is to remove trip hazard obstructions on the sidewalk by cutting the sidewalk edge at a proper slope. The process is quick, cost effective, and leaves a clean, smooth surface in place of the trip hazard.
The City will attempt to accommodate requests as soon as possible. This depends on many factors, such as the severity of the safety hazard, the location of the safety hazard in relation to a public facility, the other repair work needed in the area and how the area compares to other areas in the city. The repairs are prioritized by the City and grouped by severity and amount in a geographic area for efficiency. Only sidewalks with trip hazards that meet the defined criteria will be repaired; no cracked or broken panels will be repaired as part of the 2016 program. City staff will be evaluating the potential locations for sidewalk shaving and preparing a list of potential locations in early 2016.
If you have questions or concerns, contact City of Dublin Operations Administrator Beth Lozier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.410.4753
Locations planned for repairs in 2016 are currently being developed and will be posted soon.
How will I be affected during the repair process?
During the sidewalk shaving process, access to your sidewalk, street and sometimes your driveway may be briefly obstructed. We do not plan to disturb your private property. However, if any damage does occur to your lawn, it will be repaired. The City appreciates the property owner’s cooperation in watering newly seeded areas. Please notify your lawn services of any newly seeded areas on your property.
What happens during the repairs?
The contractor will cut the sidewalk edge with a specialized blade. Even though the saw has a vacuum attachment, the process may create dust in the area. The cutting process takes 30-60 minutes per location.
What if I have a sprinkler system or underground dog fence by my sidewalk?
Neither your sprinkler system nor dog fence will be impacted by the sidewalk shaving process.
What about other City services?
There will be no changes in your emergency services. There will be no changes in your refuse pick-up. All lawn waste, garbage and recyclable collection will continue according to their normal pick-up schedules.
How long will the repairs take?
The sidewalk cutting process takes 30-60 minutes per location. The work areas are construction sites, so for their safety, please instruct children not to play near these areas during the cutting process.