Infrastructure Watch: San Diego may spend $100M on aggressive sidewalk repair campaign as injury payouts mount

San Diego officials have unveiled a new plan to spend $90 to $100 million over the next decade to complete a backlog of more than 81,000 city sidewalk repairs to stem a recent tide of large injury payouts.

Solving the problem of crumbling sidewalks with a large influx of cash is a significant shift for San Diego officials, who have spent the last several years exploring policy changes as potential solutions.

Because repairing sidewalks is the legal responsibility of adjacent property owners, city officials have considered property liens, education campaigns and waivers of permit fees to encourage more effort by homeowners.