Los Angeles City Council approves plan to fix cracked, buckled sidewalks

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The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to fix buckled and cracked sidewalks across the city. (KABC)

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to fix buckled and cracked sidewalks across the city.

The issue of sidewalk repairs was brought up by disability advocates, who argue that many sidewalks and public access ways across Los Angeles were not accessible to the public due to dangerous conditions.

After years of back-and-forth, the city of Los Angeles was presented with a plan that commits $31 million per year adjusted for inflation for the next 30 years to repair city sidewalks.

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Residents with disabilities will have the sidewalks in front of their properties fixed first. Then, the city will start repairing the worst cases.

"The issue of sidewalks in the city of Los Angeles is quite embarrassing. As you know, we have tree roots that are buckling sidewalks today, and it's a policy that has failed the city," said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. "We're going to turn that around and fix our sidewalks."

Under the plan, the initial repair outside of private properties will be done by the city. The city then releases the responsibility to the property owners for future fixes.

City officials say they've received thousands of requests for sidewalk repairs, so fixes will not happen overnight.

The city is offering a 50 percent rebate plan if you fix your sidewalk on your own in the next three years.

Work to smooth out the city's sidewalks is expected to start in July.
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