Sidewalk Repair Program

The Longview City Council passed Ordinance Number 2379 in 1989 creating Longview Municipal Code (LMC) Chapter 12.28. The chapter, entitled "Sidewalk Construction, Maintenance and Repair", spells out the property owner's liability for maintaining the public sidewalk abutting his/her property in safe condition. 

Owner's Responsibility

Engineering Division policy requires owners to repair the following defects in their abutting public sidewalk, including that portion that runs through their private driveway:

  • Cracks or fissures of at least 1 inch
  • Horizontal surface disparities of at least 1/2 inch

Action Taken

If a sidewalk deficiency meeting at least one of those two criteria is reported to the Engineering Division, that deficiency will be inspected as promptly as possible. The following will then generally happen:

  • The disparity will be marked in day-glo red or orange to point out the problem area to pedestrians.
  • If the defect is not City-tree-related, the area needing repair will be marked in green and the abutting property owners subsequently notified of their repair responsibilities and options.
  • If the defect is City-tree-related and if a sidewalk repair contract is in effect, the area needing repair will be marked in blue paint and scheduled for repair under that contract and at the City's full expense.
  • If there is no repair contract in effect at the time of inspection, the inspector will add the defect to a future-repairs list and may wait to mark with blue paint until a new contract is negotiated and the date of repair nears.

As described in LMC 12.28, in some instances the City will participate with abutting property owners in the costs of their public sidewalk repairs. The property owner alone is responsible for all costs associated with the repair of driveway approaches, private sidewalks on private land, and sidewalks located in the strip of land between the public sidewalk and the curb and which run perpendicular to the public sidewalk and the curb.

Prior to Repairs

Before undertaking any repairs on abutting sidewalks, property owners should contact the Engineering Division. The owners will need to purchase a permit to work in the Public Right of Way.

Call 360-442-5200 for inspection prior to pouring concrete.

Sidewalk Construction Requirements

  • All sidewalks shall be 4 inches minimum depth except where crossing driveways.
  • As a general rule residential sidewalks shall be placed 2 foot from the property line and commercial sidewalks shall be placed on the property line.
  • Concrete shall be class 5 (5 sack mix).
  • Dummy joints shall be 1/4 by 2 inches and shall be placed on 64 foot intervals on 4 foot walks and 15 foot intervals on 5 foot walks.
  • Edging shall be 2 inches wide smooth borders with 1/4" edge radius either following existing pattern or as shown. (Also used on all joints)
  • Expansion joints- All expansion joints shall be asphalt impregnated conforming to American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials specification, M-220. Insulation board and wood are not acceptable.
  • Finish shall be broomed transverse to the run of the sidewalk.
  • Slope shall be 1/4 inches per foot to the top of the curb.
  • Through joints shall be 3/8 by 4 inches and shall be placed on 64 foot intervals on 4 foot sidewalks and 60 foot intervals on 5 foot sidewalks. Through joints shall also be placed when joining to existing sidewalks and at any change in thickness such as 6 inch driveway sidewalk transitions.
  • V grooves on 4 foot sidewalks shall be placed on 4 foot intervals and V grooves on 5 foot sidewalks shall be placed on 5 foot intervals. V grooves shall be not less that 1/4 Inch thick.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

See RCW 35.68 for "Sidewalks, Gutters, Curbs, and Driveways - All Cities and Towns."