How to Close the S.A. Sidewalk Gap

The City of San Antonio has a bit of sidewalk problem.

City Engineer Mike Frisbie told the city council Wednesday that pretty much wherever you go “you’re going to see gaps in sidewalks for whatever reason.”

Some areas of the city, years ago, just never got sidewalks, he said.

“2177 miles of gaps” in sidewalks, he told them. Now, that could include both sides of a street.

All council districts are dealing with at least 100 miles of sidewalk needs. District 3 needs 335 miles of sidewalk, District 2 needs 287 miles, District 7 has a gap of 271 miles, and Districts 1 and 10 need 254 miles and 253 miles, respectively.

“And the dollar amount there is $450,000 a mile, for the sidewalks, to fill those gaps,” he said.

This isn’t just a San Antonio issue. Austin has this problem, too. San Antonio is looking into alternatives to help fill the gaps.

“Overall needs for streets of $1.4B and overall need for sidewalks of $1B, to fill those gaps,” Frisbie said.

Some progress has already been made and more could be programmed in the next bond program in 2017.

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