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Hazardous sidewalks around San Diego detailed in new report

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than 39,000 tripping hazards have been discovered in a condition assessment of San Diego sidewalks that's about halfway finished, according to a report scheduled to be presented Wednesday to the City Council's Infrastructure Committee.

City employees and college engineering students have been tramping along the sidewalks since January, noting and photographing problems from cracks to uplifts to corner curb ramps that don't meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

So far, about 3,100 miles of sidewalks have been catalogued, which officials believe is around the halfway point, according to the report. Most of the work so far has been conducted in San Diego's older neighborhoods.

The data collection of San Diego's sidewalks -- along with similar assessments of the condition of the city's parks, buildings and other structures -- is designed to give Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council an accurate picture of infrastructure needs. Estimates of the city's backlog of capital project and maintenance needs range up toward $2 billion, but city officials aren't sure of an exact amount.

Among other things, the sidewalk assessment is taking note of curb heights, trees and tree wells, and tripping hazards, where the difference between segments of a sidewalk differ by at least a half-inch.

About 3,700 of the tripping hazards are the result of tree roots, according to the report. More than 14,000 curb ramps aren't ADA compliant.

City officials said the assessment is expected to be completed in January 2015.

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