Curb, Gutter and Sidewalks

Sidewalks Make Good Neighborhoods

Sidewalks have a way of tying together neighborhoods. Real estate professionals will attest that where sidewalks are good, the neighborhood becomes a more desirable place to live. Sidewalks serve so many purposes: recreation space for joggers and children with tricycles and pull toys, an informal meeting place for neighbors, and an encouragement for people to make more use of the most basic form of transportation – walking.

Be proud of your sidewalks. Take care of them and enjoy them.

Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter Repair and Replacement Policy:

Municipal Code 14.32.020 (Sidewalk, drive approach, curbs and gutter repair or replacement)

A. The owner of a parcel of property abutting a public right of way is responsible, as provided in this chapter, for replacement or repair of curb, gutter or sidewalk abutting the owner’s property which has deteriorated to a degree which the city engineer determines requires repair or replacement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the liability of any person causing damage to curb, gutter or sidewalk located in a public right of way. A person who damages any curb, gutter or sidewalk, negligently or otherwise, is liable for the full cost of replacement.

B. If the department, with concurrence of the manager, finds that existing curb and gutter, drive approach or sidewalk fronting on parcels on the public right-of- way require replacement for safety reasons, and that inclusion of the repair in a special improvement district is not practical, the department may cause the repair work to be done, subject to the following conditions:

1. The manager finds that the city has sufficient personnel and related support resources to accomplish the repair work; and

2. Sufficient budgeted funds are available to pay for the repair work.

C. Proposed repair requests under this section will generally be given priority according to the prioritized list maintained by the city engineer. The city engineer, with concurrence of the manager, may assign a different order of priority to requests to maximize efficient utilization of resources or to coordinate repair work with other public works projects.

D. If the owner of a parcel of property wants to remove and replace the curb and gutter, drive approach, or sidewalk on public property because of deteriorated conditions as defined by standard adopted by the city engineer, with prior written approval and agreement of the city, the city will reimburse the property owner fifty percent (50%) of the cost of replacement, not to exceed $1,000 per lot/parcel. This reimbursement is subject to sufficient budgeted funds being available.

Cottonwood Heights is committed to maintaining our curb, gutter, and sidewalks in the best condition possible. Each year the City Council budgets funds to repair and maintain our curb gutter and sidewalks. Once every 5 years the Public Works Department conducts a sidewalk condition inventory. From this inventory we budget funds to make repairs and install sidewalks in areas which have none. Residents can also report sidewalk that are in need of repair. The public works inspector will come and evaluate each maintenance request and the sidewalk repair will be prioritized according to the level of hazard it present. As requests are received by the City, one of three things will happen,

The sidewalk will be scheduled for grinding to remove the trip hazard. An eligible trip hazard is a vertical displacement not exceeding 1 1/2 inches in height. This type of request takes 60 to 90 days to repair.

If curb gutter or sidewalk are not a candidate for #1 above, the repair request will be placed on a list and prioritized according to the level of hazard it presents. The City repairs as many hazards as possible based on available funding.

The home or business owner may repair the sidewalk. The City has initiated a Matching Grant Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk Replacement Program to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate financially to expedite sidewalk repairs or replacement of eligible sidewalks. The City will fund 50% of the costs up to $1000.
Sidewalk, curb, and gutter damaged by carelessness, neglect or by specific activities of the home owner such as construction are not eligible for this program.

Click here to download a copy of the city's Trip Hazard Mitigation Plan

To report an unsafe sidewalk or to participate in our grant program, please call Public Works Operations at 801-944-7011.