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The City of Bowling Green constructs new sidewalk every year as part of the New Sidewalk Program. This program generally consists of the construction of about 1 mile of sidewalk. On average, the cost of new sidewalk is approximately $400,000 to $500,000 annually and currently funded projects can be found at https://www.bgky.org/publicworks/new-sidewalk-program. Request to be added to the new sidewalk list can be made by contacting emily.angel@bgky.org.

While new sidewalk increases connectivity and pedestrian safety, what about the sidewalk that does not need to be replaced but does require repairs? Each year, City sidewalks are inspected for trip hazards, ADA compliance, deterioration and more. In December of 2020 almost 900 “spots” on sidewalk were repaired with a method called cutting. Cutting allows for trip hazards of ½ inch or less to be ground down (repaired) instead of being replaced. This makes for safer travels for walkers, runners and bikers alike.

For any sidewalk damage that is over ½ inch in trip hazard, severely cracked, missing or not ADA complaint, that section is being completely replaced. Replacement can range is size from 4 feet by 4 feet to much longer stretches. Section replacement is ongoing now and is scheduled to be complete by June 1, 2021.

Please note that sidewalk construction can impact traffic. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/citybgky  or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CityofBGKY for updates on any road closures, traffic impacts or detours throughout this project. All projects are weather dependent.