LEAGUE CITY — Work on the approximately 300 sidewalk repair requests in League City should begin by the end of February.
The city has a small-batch cement plant and a crew that repairs sidewalks, but it has not been able to keep up with requests.
So, the city will use one of its contractors, Team Work Construction, to repair the sidewalks, said John Baumgartner, the city’s public works director.
The city will pay about $25 a linear foot for the sidewalk work, Baumgartner said.
The contractor is doing work on Landing Boulevard now and, as soon as that is done, its crews will switch to sidewalk repair, he said.
Drought conditions the past two to three years have been hard on sidewalks.
Clay soils shrink and swell depending on moisture and can create as much as 3 or 4 inches of difference between sidewalk sections, particularly around structures like manholes.
Trees planted between streets and sidewalks are another challenge. As trees mature, they can cause the sidewalks to move.
This past fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, the city repaired about 5,000 linear feet of sidewalk in 130 to 140 separate repairs. The list now has at least 300 requests.
The contractor will start with the oldest requests first, while also dealing with other requests in the area, Baumgartner said.
“(The contractor) is going to do two-thirds to three-quarters of the list,” he said.
Once work begins, it will go quickly and the city hopes to have answered all the requests by October, he said.