Is the township ever responsible for installing or replacing sidewalks / curbs?

In accordance with Township Code § 435-34 through36 , the installation and maintenance of curbs and sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner.

However, when a road is being reconstructed the plans and specs are sent from Engineering to Public Works. During the reconstruction job, if the curbs are deteriorating, Public Works may consider replacing the curb. The purpose of a curb is to facilitate the drainage of the road. When water runs off the road, it follows the curb line to the next storm drain. If the curbs are to be replaced due to deterioration, Engineering will put this in the initial plans. If it is not in the initial plans, it is the responsibility of the property owner.

As for the sidewalk, this is the responsibility of the property owner. The contractor hired by the township to do the road reconstruction work may approach the homeowners while he is working on the road if he sees that the sidewalks are in poor condition. The contractor may offer the homeowner a discounted rate to replace the sidewalk. This rate is only effective while the contractor is actively working on the road. This is solely between the contractor and the homeowner. The township has nothing to do with this offer.

The only time the township will install a new sidewalk is with federal grant money. The location must warrant the installation of a sidewalk and a review is done by the Engineering Department to determine the necessity. Currently, sidewalks are being installed on South Clinton Avenue through grant money.

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1. How does Hamilton determine which roads need roadway work?
2. Is my street a County Road? If so who do I contact?
3. Is my street a State Road? If so, who do I contact?
4. My road was recently repaved and the grass in between the curb and sidewalk was dug up; will the township re-seed this area?
5. What in-house paving jobs will be done by Public Works in 2022.
6. What streets will be reconstructed in the 2022 Capital Program?
7. Who should I contact with questions about road work being done by PSE&G?
8. Does the township allow wire reinforcement for a sidewalk?
9. How much does the sidewalk have to be lifted in order to be in violation?
10. Is the township ever responsible for installing or replacing sidewalks / curbs?
11. Who is responsible for repairing my deteriorated, cracked or raised sidewalk?
12. What if my street needs sweeping outside of the schedule?
13. When will the street sweeper come down my street?