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On Your Side Investigators: Richmond to pay $1.5M in sidewalk repairs

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Work is finally about to begin on Richmond's crumbling sidewalks. The sidewalks were one of your number one concerns in a recent survey by the city.

The 12 On Your Side Investigators have uncovered documents that show the city is paying for nearly $1.5 million in repairs.

Bumpy bricks, tangled in trees are sidewalk staples in Richmond.

"I tripped over the concrete and I fell on my face, my arms and I got bruises on my knees," said Patricia McBride. She knows the dangers of the city's sidewalks better than most after falling in her south Richmond neighborhood. She had cuts and bruises and even needed dental work.

Last year, a city audit found major problems with the city's sidewalk program. The auditor wrote procedures needed to improve significantly. According to that audit, Richmond has 832 miles of sidewalks and an estimated back log of $14 million in repairs.

"We do care about the conditions of the sidewalks. We want to make the sidewalks safe for people to be able to walk and travel and enjoy the city, and we are asking for and seeking the funding to make those repairs," said Richmond Capital Projects Administrator Lamont Benjamin.

Benjamin says the auditor's report was based on data from two years ago. He says the city is currently re-assessing the sidewalk needs and rating their conditions. He'll have the results by the beginning of the summer.

"The assessment that we're having done will not only identify locations where there are sidewalks that need to be repaired, it will identify missing links of areas where sidewalks need to be installed," said Benjamin.

In the meantime, we've uncovered procurement documents that show two companies won bids to take on a total of $1.4 million in work. The sidewalks to be repaired were placed in groups, a block or two at a time. We visited several of the locations on the list and all of them had significant problems. The curb for one sidewalk was even propped up against a tree in Richmond's Fan District.

According to the list, the city is tackling several sidewalks in Church Hill, the Fan, the Museum District, Barton Heights and Brookland Park.

35 streets in all will see construction crews working on the sidewalks this spring. Sidewalk construction is expected to begin this week, if the weather cooperates.  

Citywide Sidewalk Group 1:

Allotted time for construction under the base bid is 150 calendar days which includes 14 calendar

days of inclement weather. Liquidated damages to be

1. North 23th Street- from E. Broad St to E. Grace St

2. North 29th Street- from E. Franklin St to E. Grace St

3. East Grace Street- from North 22nd St North 23rd St

4. North 26th Street- from Q Street to R Street

5. North 30th Street-from Nine Mile Rd to Dead End

6. N Street- from North 35th St to Chimborazo Blvd

 

Citywide Sidewalk Group 2:

Allotted time for construction under the base bid is 150 calendar days which includes 14 calendar

days of inclement weather.

1. 1st Avenue - from Meadowbrjdge Road to Front Street

2. Crafton Avenue- from Dunn Avenue to Harold Avenue

3. Barton Avenue - from Hooper Street to Norwood A venue

4. The Terrace- from Lancaster Road to Norwood Avenue

5. Judah Street- from Leigh Street to Duval Street

 

Citywide Sidewalk Group 3:

Allotted time for construction under the base bid is 175 calendar days which includes 15 calendar

days of inclement weather.

1. Grove Avenue - from Wilton Road to Seneca Road

2. Hanover Avenue - from Nansemond to Roseneath

3. Strawberry Street- from Hanover A venue to Grove Avenue

4. Park Avenue- from Lombardy Street to Vine Street

5. Harrison Street- from Floyd Avenue to Grove Avenue

6. Floyd Avenue- from Crenshaw Avenue to Dooley Avenue

7. Sunset Avenue- from Wilbon Street to Sunset Lane

8. Rendale Avenue- from Sunset Avenue to Sunset Lane

9. Idlewood Avenue- from Rowland Street to S. Shields Avenue

10. Idlewood Avenue -from S. Addison Street to S. Shields Avenue

11. Rosewood Avenue- from S. Addison Street to S. Shields Avenue

 

Citywide Sidewalk Group 4:

Allotted time for construction under the base bid is 210 calendar days which includes 20 calendar

days of inclement weather.

1. Boulevard - from Monument Ave to Ellwood Ave/Main St

 

Citywide Sidewalk Group 5:

Allotted time for construction under the base bid is 175 calendar days which includes 15 calendar

days of inclement weather.

1. Mulberry Street- from Parkwood Ave to Main St

2. Claiborne Street-from Sumpter St to Lombardy St

3. Oakwood A venue- from Canepa St to East Richmond Rd

4. Westbrook Avenue- from Glebe Rd to Crestwood Rd

5. Hanes Avenue- from W. Hooper St to W. Essex St

6. Cliff Avenue- from Branch Ave to East Crawford Ave

 

Citywide Sidewalk Group 6:

Allotted time for construction under the base bid is 150 calendar days which includes 14 calendar

days of inclement weather.

I. Dill Avenue- from Front St to Milton St

2. North Avenue- from W. Ladies Mile Road to W. Meredith St

3. Edgewood Avenue- from Culpepper St to Westwood Ave

4. Missouri Avenue -from Meadowbridge Rd to Highland St

5. Hawthorne Avenue- from Laburnum Ave to Walton Ave

6. Patterson Avenue- from Woodlawn Ave to Sauer Ave



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