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Many Albuquerque residents on the hook for sidewalk repairs

BRITTANY COSTELLO
June 25, 2018 05:48 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Buckled walkways are not only ugly but they can be dangerous. And it’s a fairly common problem in Albuquerque.

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The concrete concern is nothing new for Albuquerque resident Ted Jimenez. His elderly mother has a splintered sidewalk in front of her home.

He says he was surprised when she received a letter saying the repairs were her responsibility.

“If it's public sidewalk it should be the city's responsibility,” said Jimenez. “We pay enough in taxes for this.”

But that's not the case. It turns out, if a broken sidewalk surrounds a person’s home, it's possible the city is off the hook to repair it.

“The idea is that a lot of the sidewalks and streets in residential neighborhoods are built by the developers themselves, not actually by the city of Albuquerque,” said Johnny Chandler, Public Information Coordinator with the Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development.

Even sidewalks behind the backyard fence of a home could still be that homeowner’s responsibility.

That's determined by a city inspection or call to 311.

If a homeowner has to make repairs, they will have 180 days to complete them.

If they fail to make the repairs, the city will do it but send them the bill.

City officials tell us they inspected nearly 1,200 sidewalks in 2016. The city determined 280 needed repairs and 264 were fixed either by the city or a homeowner.

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