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Sidewalks, ADA Curbs, Driveways & Boulevards

To promote pedestrian friendly neighborhoods and streets, the city invests in improving and maintaining the city’s sidewalk infrastructure on an on-going basis, as funding is available.

In addition to planned improvements and general maintenance, development standards exist to ensure pedestrian transportation is installed when new development occurs.

Property owners are a key component of pedestrian safety and the curb appeal of our city through sidewalk and boulevard maintenance.

Sidewalk, Boulevard & Driveway Approach Maintenance - Who is Responsible?

Property owners, and/or their occupants, are responsible for maintaining the public sidewalk, the boulevard abutting their property, and applicable driveway approach. These responsibilities include:

  • Replacement or reconstruction of defective sidewalks.
  • Mowing the boulevard areas and maintaining them in a safe condition.
  • Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks.

A 50/50 cost share program may be available for assistance with replacement or reconstruction of defective sidewalks.  See the Sidewalk Installation and Repair Program at the tab below for details.

Visit our Snow and Ice webpage for more information on sidewalk snow removal.

Visit our Property Maintenance webpage for more information on maintenance of property boulevards.  Consider getting involved and removing litter from the curb line or boulevard.

Sidewalk Installation & Repair Program

Our Sidewalk Installation and Repair programs (Pedestrian Transportation programs) provide for: 

  • A 50/50 cost share with residents whose public sidewalk(s) have been determined hazardous and require replacement.  
  • Repair and replacement of sidewalks adjacent to city property. 
  • Installation of new sidewalks where none exist.

Sidewalk locations selected for new installation are determined based on assessment of the location(s), citizen and elected official requests.

Call us at 563.326.7923 during business or send us a request electronically, to:

  • Report a hazardous sidewalk in need of repair, or
  • Inquire about installation of a new sidewalk where none exists, or
  • To find out if a sidewalk is eligible for repair/replacement under the 50/50 program
Sidewalk & ADA Curb Ramps in New Construction

Construction and zoning ordinances are in place to ensure the city’s transportation network grows with new development. The regulations:

  • Require the installation of sidewalks and ADA curb ramps with all new construction where pedestrian connections do not exist*.
  • Require the installation of sidewalks and ADA curb ramps in new subdivisions to ensure pedestrian access.

*While installation of sidewalks is required, on occasion developers do seek waiver of this requirement.  Waiving the sidewalk requirement is a City Council decision. 

ADA Curb Ramp Installation & Repair

Approximately 150 sidewalk curb ramps are installed or repaired throughout the city each year.

Curb ramp installation locations are selected based on assessment of the location(s), citizen and elected official requests.

To report an ADA curb ramp in need of repair, or to inquire about installation of a new ADA curb ramp where none exists, call us at 563.326.7923 during business or send us a request electronically.

Sidewalk Installation & Repair Regulations

Sidewalks installation and repair requires: 

Work can not begin until all necessary documents are filed and permit application is approved.

Construction must meet the requirements of City of Davenport Standard Engineering Specifications.

Homeowner’s may replace up to two (2) sidewalk slabs on their own with the required permit, Homeowner’s Bond, and inspection.

Driveway Approaches

Installation of new driveways, repair and/or widening of existing driveways, (including the cutting of curbs necessary for construction) requires:

Work cannot begin until all necessary documents are filed and permit application is approved.

Construction must meet the requirements of City of Davenport Standard Engineering Specifications.

Sidewalk & Boulevard Maintenance is Good for the Community

Sidewalks are good for our community. Studies show sidewalks increase property values. They also:

  • Provide health benefits
  • Economic benefits
  • Help reduce crime
  • Provide an enhanced sense of community, and
  • Improve access to buses while decreasing use of cars for short trips (saving gas and lowering emissions)

Properly maintained sidewalks and boulevards:

  • Improve neighborhood curb appeal
  • Improve pedestrian safety
  • Reduce the potential for liability claims against both property owner and the city

Contact

DAVENPORT PUBLIC WORKS
1200 E 46th St
Davenport, IA 52807
Phone:
563.326.7923
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