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The project's main objective is to repair sidewalks and other concrete improvements so that the surface is safe for pedestrians to walk on. The amount of sidewalk replaced will depend on the amount of damage done by the trees. The project will not remove and replace sidewalks that have only cracks or other superficial damage. The project will not repair sidewalks that have been damaged by privately owned trees.
If the curb is raised enough to pose a tripping hazard due to a tree root, the project will likely remove and replace the curb. This repair may or may not fix the drainage problem. In areas where the slope of the street is relatively flat, it is not uncommon to have some standing water in the curb after a rain event.
If you have concerns about the removal of decorative concrete in the planter strip, please contact the City Engineering Department.
In order to be repaired, your sidewalk must meet the following criteria:
The California Streets and Highways Code (Sections 5610-5618) places the responsibility for the maintenance of the sidewalks on the owner of the property adjoining the sidewalk. As a service, the City provides the sidewalk repair project as a way to relieve the burden of maintenance from single family homeowners. All other property owners (e.g., owners of apartments, commercial properties, condominium complexes, churches, etc.) are responsible for any necessary repairs to the sidewalk adjoining their property.
The City recognizes the benefits of preserving mature street trees in the neighborhood. In the interest of preserving as many trees as possible, the City will perform an exhaustive inspection of all the trees affected by this project to see what options are available. In many cases, the repair of a sidewalk or curb can be done by cutting a few roots from the tree. Trees that are known to have very shallow root systems and are notorious for damaging concrete improvements will likely be replaced with trees of a different species. A list of all trees proposed to be replaced will be made available on this website prior to construction. If you have any concerns about the proposed replacement of a tree, please contact the project manager (see "Who can I contact...").