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Our Sidewalk policy requires that we provide sidewalks on both sides of new and reconstructed streets. 

Where sidewalks are missing along existing streets, new sidewalks are provided according to need as identified in the Sidewalk Strategic Plan. Each year, we build about 2 km of new sidewalks along existing streets. We upgrade and add pedestrian crossings as well to make it easier for you to cross busy streets.

Sidewalk maintenance

City crews inspect all sidewalks annually in accordance with the Provincial Maintenance Standards to identify damage that results in a step of more than 2 cm. The City works to identify damage, to increase users of sidewalks safety, by marking hazards with bright paint. Once hazards are identified city crews build a list and work to correct as many hazards as possible, within our budget. Common causes of damage to sidewalks are:

  • Vehicles driving on/across sidewalks
  • Tree roots
  • Deterioration due to age

Sidewalk reconstruction

Every year the City identifies selected sections of sidewalk for reconstruction throughout the various wards. Areas for reconstruction are based on inspections done by City crews, age, and available budget. The sidewalk reconstruction process begins in May, as weather permits.

Steps for sidewalk reconstruction:

Step 1: trees
Tree pruning is done to allow access for excavation equipment. Every effort will be made to maintain existing trees but in some cases, the removal of trees may be required. If tree removal is necessary the City will plant tree(s) the following calendar year.
Step 2: driveway access

During the reconstruction process your driveway access will be limited. Restricted access could last 10 days or more, depending on weather. This time is need for excavation and to ensure proper setting of concrete.

Following the reconstruction of the sidewalk your driveway approach will be reinstated. If asphalt is needed you will not have access to your driveway for an additional two days. This time is required for the asphalt to cool and harden.

Step 3: landscaping/sod
The final step is to reinstate the landscaping. Topsoil and sod will be used to restore any affected grass area. Public Works asks that you aid us in watering the newly placed sod.
Step 4: sod care
City crews attempt to water as resources are available. We are unable to provide a sufficient amount of water to the sod it requires. Homeowners are asked to water the sod regularly to make sure is grows. The costs associated with watering are not reimbursed by the city and will prove to be minimal for the amount of time the sod will require water.

If you find a needle that has not been properly disposed of in a City park, or on a trail, sidewalk or road, please call Public Works at 705-745-1386. Peterborough Public Health provides advice for disposing of needles on private property on their Found Needles page.