New cement sidewalks?

12/27/2006 9:19 AM by

A reader pointed out that the RTD is reporting that the brick sidewalk on 23rd between Franklin and Grace will be replaced with concrete within the next few weeks. PM says,”I was under the impression that the city is normally supposed to replace brick with brick. Is that not right?”

The slope on 23rd Street in Church Hill between East Grace and East Franklin streets is a steep one. The brick sidewalk on the east side needs some serious repair.

“The sidewalk has become an obstacle course,” reports Larry P. For years, it has been pocked with holes and areas of loose and missing bricks.

“Since there are now so many destinations at the bottom of the hill,” Larry P. said, “more and more people have a need to use that sidewalk.”

Mary-Hope Gangwer, spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Public Works, said crews investigated yesterday morning.

“The brick sidewalk will be removed and replaced with a brand new cement sidewalk,” she said. “Our ultimate goal is the safety of citizens in Richmond. . . . Weather permitting, the project will begin in two weeks and be completed by the end of February.”



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