The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority will pay for half of the costs to repair sidewalks next to private property, according to a press release from the city of Colorado Springs.
That is, if the homeowner pays the other half.
The plan is to repair and replace concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters – with 50 percent of the cost paid for using PPRTA funds, which come from a local sales tax.
Concrete repairs to sidewalks and curb gutter adjacent to private property are ultimately the responsibility and liability of the adjacent property owner; however, when the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority sales tax was passed in 2004, the city decided to allocate some of its PPRTA maintenance funding to assist with these repairs.
Currently there is an approximately 15-year backlog of citizen requests for concrete repair. This new 50/50 cost-sharing program is designed to allow citizens to get high-priority areas addressed sooner. This will also allow the PPRTA funding to address more needs with the money. In 2012, $107,500 is budgeted for this program.
Repair needs must meet top priority levels using criteria established under the PPRTA concrete repair program.
Priority 2 areas are those that meet at least one of these conditions:
• 75 to 100 percent of the curb head or sidewalk is chipped or broken
• Concrete has settled at least 2 inches
• 50 percent or more of the surface has spalled
• Priority 1 areas meet at least one of the Priority 2 conditions and at least one of these conditions:
• Verified accident or claim for injury caused by damage
• Citizen with a disability whose access is impeded due to damage
• 250 yard proximity to a hospital, school, senior center or bus stop
To participate, call 385-5441 to schedule an inspection by the city or PPRTA. If the area meet the criteria, a predetermined contractor will provide a cost estimate and enter into a contract to complete the work. Homeowners will be billed directly, and city inspectors will oversee work to make sure it complies with city codes.