The City of Carlsbad will be replacing aging sidewalks, curbs and gutters throughout the city over the next few months to keep residents safe and maintain the taxpayers' infrastructure investment.
The repair work is part of the city’s concrete replacement program, an annual effort to inspect and maintain concrete throughout the city. Carlsbad street maintenance crews make minor repairs, but in cases of serious damage, such as where sidewalks have been uplifted by tree roots or gutters have deteriorated because of age, the concrete needs to be replaced.
City staff has identified 538 locations throughout the city where concrete must be replaced this year, and the repairs will take place through mid-November.
“The work involves mostly sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and includes 21 pedestrian ramps,” said Casey Arndt, a city construction manager. All work will be done in accord with current Americans with Disabilities Act standards, he said. Most of the repairs will not interfere with vehicle traffic. Where it does crews will shut down part of the street at a time to make the repairs, and safety personnel will direct motorists around the work. Trenches will be covered with steel plates while concrete is curing.
Residents who live near work sites will be informed three days in advance of each project, Arndt said.
The city awarded a contract in the amount of $357,188 to Portillo Concrete Inc. to make the repairs.
The project is being funded by gas tax revenue and the city’s general capital construction fund. The city’s Construction Management & Inspection staff will direct the project.
Taken from a City of Carlsbad news release.