Fayetteville thinking deeper about sidewalks

Posted: January 4, 2018 at 1:05 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Sarah Marsh, Fayetteville City Council member, uses a tape measure Wednesday to measure the width of Oliver Avenue in Fayetteville to better understand options to improve the street and make it more walkable.

The ire surrounding a sidewalk proposed for a neighborhood near the university campus prompted city officials to rethink their approach.

Changes to city code

The committee also recommended changes to city code regarding sidewalks. Enforcement of violations is complaint-driven.

• A property owner can’t allow vegetation to obstruct a sidewalk. A minimum 8 feet of clearance above the sidewalk and 2 feet back from the edge of the sidewalk must be maintained.

• If the situation is not corrected within 10 days of notice, city employees will remove the vegetation and bill the property owner.

• Recycling, trash and yard waste carts cannot block the sidewalk.

Source: Staff Report

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The sidewalks are pretty ridiculous. They should spend that money on widening roads and working on traffic lights. You can barely get down College Ave in a car, but we keep adding crosswalks, sidewalks and walkways which make it even more difficult. I’m all for walking and biking, but people still have to drive on these roads too.

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January 4, 2018 at 2:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )