Public sidewalks are inspected periodically by City of Eugene staff, who look for problems such as sunken, cracked, or raised pavement sidewalks, missing sections, and exposed rough aggregate due to disintegration of the surface cement. Frequently, tree roots push up sections of sidewalk, causing tripping hazards. Generally, a misalignment of more than one-half inch is considered a tripping hazard. For detailed information about the specific standards used to evaluate sidewalk safety, contact the Public Works Maintenance Division at 541-682-4800.
If deficiencies are found, the City notifies the property owner(s) abutting the damaged section(s) of sidewalk. The notice specifies the corrective actions that are required. These actions may include grinding high spots, raising sunken slabs, or removing damaged sections and pouring new concrete slabs.
If your sidewalk is deficient, you have several options for taking corrective action:
Repair work must be completed within the time limit specified in the notice, generally 20 days. If the repairs are not completed in a timely manner, the City will do the work and bill the property owner. It is the responsibility of the property owner to barricade broken or dangerous portions of the sidewalk.