New Sidewalks Need A Redo

Thursday, November 8th 2007, 9:26 pm
By: News On 6

A Broken Arrow man says his city was supposed to pour new sidewalks, but instead left what looks like a skate park on his street. Since City of Broken Arrow and Vision 2025 tax dollars are paying for the sidewalks, the man wants something done. News On 6 anchor Omar Villafranca reports the man thinks the work was done without a plan.

John doesn't want to show his face on television, but he has no problem showing how bad the new sidewalks on his street look.

"It looks like no engineering. No architecture. It doesn't look like there was much of a plan,” said John, who lives in Broken Arrow.

The sidewalks look more like ramps at a skate park. John also says the sidewalks should start at the curb and not create a patch of grass in between.

City officials in Broken Arrow don’t disagree with John.

"Yeah, unacceptable work. There's no question about it. We're looking at sidewalk work here that is not going to stand,” said Keith Sterling, with the City of Broken Arrow.

Keith Sterling says city and Vision 2025 dollars are paying for this project. Now that he's seen the work, the city wants it fixed.

The City of Broken Arrow says it will cost about $900 to fix the uneven sidewalks. But, the contractor will have to foot the bill. Sterling says a bad sidewalk can trip up walkers, causing an injury.

John's happy the sidewalk will get fixed, but has a better solution.

"Best case scenario? Take the sidewalks out, put it back the way it was, leave us alone, go build it where they need it,” said Broken Arrow resident John.

The City of Broken Arrow plans more sidewalks on the street. The contractor has already started clearing the area for the sidewalks.

The city will ask the contractor to prep correctly before any new concrete is poured.

Watch the video: Bad Sidewalks Will Be Fixed