Our sidewalk project post sparked a lot of conversation! Here’s some info to our most frequently asked questions about sidewalk replacements:
How do I request a sidewalk repair?
Please fill out the new sidewalk repair request form at www.bedfordtx.gov/sidewalkrepair. Requests are sent to the Streets Division and Streets personnel will go out to the site to inspect and evaluate the sidewalk’s condition. The sidewalk is given a rating to determine its priority in the repair queue.
Site visits and rankings are necessary due to the high number of repairs needed and limited funding available for sidewalk repairs. As Public Works works through their sidewalk repair list, staff groups projects with corresponding street repairs or with other sidewalk repairs close-by to be more efficient.
The City is aware many sidewalk segments are eligible for repair. Please keep in mind it is difficult to predict when your sidewalk repair request will be addressed due to varying project priorities and changing infrastructure needs. Locations that are minimal tripping hazards are lower on the priority list and can be on the list for an extended time. However, your concern is important to us and these sidewalk repairs will be addressed as funding is allocated.
How can I request sidewalks to be put in where there is no existing sidewalk?
Public Works is working on a formal request process for this situation. The proposed process will need to be reviewed and approved by the 4B Commission. If approved, it will be promoted on the City’s communication channels.
What are the criteria used to determine which sidewalk repairs have higher priority?
While part of the inspection is visual there are also other measures that rank a sidewalk higher than others. Proximity to schools, busy intersections, traffic counts, and ADA needs are a few.
Why are designated sales tax dollars for streets (4B funding) used to fund sidewalks?
The 4B Commission votes to approves 4B spending each year as part of the budget process. The budget is broken down into funds such as supplies, maintenance, contractual services, capital outlay, and debt service/transfers. Within each fund are line items to complete different street-related projects. During the current 2020-2021 Fiscal Year, $23,000 has been approved for sidewalk and curb maintenance and $450,000 has been approved for concrete repairs with an approved contractor. These projects include concrete panels, sidewalks, and ADA ramps. The total 4B budget for this Fiscal Year is approximately $3.7 million.