Sidewalks are among the most important features within a residential development. These concrete walkways don’t merely create a visual barrier between roads and lawns – they allow safe and convenient stretches for pedestrians of all ages. And when constructed properly, sidewalks can also aid with drainage within your community. So, if your subdivision lacks sturdy sidewalks, your whole neighborhood is worse off. Here’s how to plan a sidewalk installation project in your subdivision.
How to Plan a Sidewalk Installation
Understand the Ins and Outs of Sidewalk Installation
As crucial as sidewalks are within any subdivision, the details regarding their installation and maintenance can produce more than a few headaches. Different types of subdivisions have different rules regarding who’s in charge of funding and caring for sidewalks. Whether or not a sidewalk is even deemed necessary is determined in part by population density and average amount of traffic. Those tasked with overseeing concrete pavement repair and installation projects, along with the paving contractors they hire, must have a strong understanding of these matters to make sure the subdivision remains in compliance and meets the needs of all residents. Getting to the bottom of these details might require communicating with local government officials.
Keep All Residents Informed
When planning any subdivision renovation project, you must always make sure that every resident is informed of what will be happening well in advance, including what, if anything, they’ll have to do before, during, and after the project (e.g., temporarily park cars on streets, only drive on one side of the road, etc.). Doing so will help the residential paving contractors you hire work without interference – it will also help prevent major backlash and confusion once the work begins. Installing one sidewalk doesn’t take too long (perhaps a day or two at most), but installing sidewalks throughout an entire subdivision can take several weeks. The more prepared everyone is for an extended project like this, the better.
Tackle One Side at a Time
There’s more than one way to approach a subdivision sidewalk installation project, just as there are different ways to tackle any commercial paving project. That said, some strategies tend to work out better than others. In this instance, it’s usually more prudent to plan on installing new sidewalks on one side of a subdivision at a time (i.e., install sidewalks on the right side before getting to the left). Working on one side at a time as opposed to both at once will help both vehicular and foot traffic continue to flow; taking the opposite approach can create inconvenient bottlenecks. Of course, if contractors are only being tasked with installing or repairing a small stretch of sidewalk on both sides of a subdivision, it might make more sense to have them work on both sides at once to speed things up.
Sidewalk Installation Is Anything but a Side Project
Sidewalks connect every property within a subdivision while promoting safety, convenience, and proper drainage. Make sure the residential or commercial paving services you work with know how to handle these complex and important projects at every step. At Cassidy Paving, our services include but are not limited to subdivision paving, sidewalk installation, parking lot repair, drain rebuilding, grading, pavement resurfacing, and so much more. Call us today at 866-978-9788 for a free estimate on your next asphalt project.