City Sidewalk Network
Sidewalks are the foundation of an effective pedestrian network. They are critical links in the transportation network providing a range of users access to commercial districts, schools, businesses, government offices, and recreation areas.
Residents of Albany have long been responsible for maintaining in good condition the curb and sidewalk bordering private property. According to California State Law (Streets and Highways Code sections 5600 et seq.) and Albany Municipal Code Chapter XIV, sidewalk repair and maintenance responsibility falls on the adjacent property owner. Compromised sidewalks can be hazardous situations that run the risk of causing injury to the sidewalk user and slip-and-fall lawsuits for property owners and the City.
Albany Measure P1 Sidewalk Program
In November 2016, the City passed Measure P1, which enacted a 10-year parcel tax to support repairs to the most damaged sidewalks in Albany. Albany’s Traffic and Safety Commission prioritized locations for repair based on the Active Transportation Plan’s Priority Sidewalk Network as well as the severity of the damage. This prioritization is based on locations which provide the most benefit to the community at large by improving key parts of the City’s pedestrian infrastructure. For many years we have not had funding for citywide sidewalk repairs. Measure P1 has enabled the City to take a new proactive approach to improving overall sidewalk conditions. We are excited to take care of the worst problems and make the community safer.
Resident Sidewalk Repairs
In addition to the tax-funded repairs, property owners are also authorized and encouraged to perform any necessary repairs at their expense. If a property owner chooses to repair the sidewalk, they will be required to have a licensed contractor perform the work, and will be responsible for obtaining City permits as well as proper inspection of the repair work.
Sidewalk Program Status
Phase 3: Planning
As of January 2020, the City has completed repairs at over 120 locations, and completed maintenance for over 110 trees specifically in relation to sidewalk issues. The City has spent over $500,000 and has addressed approximately 22,063 square feet of sidewalk in need of repairs.
Residents can request to be added to the list to be evaluated for the next round of tax-funded sidewalk repairs. Requests by residents are added to the City's planning considerations for the next project cycle. Requests that are not included in the current cycle remain on the list for inclusion in future projects.
Traffic & Safety Commission
The following presentations include samples of completed work, review prioritization criteria, and provide general updates on the status of the program.
July 2018 - Sidewalk Phase 2 Presentation
January 2020 - Sidewalk Repair Program Update