Big costs seen for fixing Kansas town’s sidewalks

Lawrence Brick Sidewalk generic

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A new report says Lawrence faces millions of dollars in potential costs for repairing existing sidewalks and building new ones in the city that’s home to the University of Kansas.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports  that city officials have completed an inventory of the community’s sidewalks. It shows that fixing all of the city’s existing sidewalks would cost about $6.1 million.

Lawrence’s city codes require new housing developments to have sidewalks on both sides of the street, but for decades the codes allowed sidewalks on one side or no sidewalks.

The report says ensuring that all residential streets have a sidewalk on at least one side would cost $7.5 million. Ensuring that every street has sidewalks on both sides would cost $42 million.

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