Property Owner Maintenance Responsibilities
As described in the Town Code of Ordinances Section 17-52, removal of snow and ice is the responsibility of the owner or occupant of the property adjacent to a public sidewalk. According to the ordinance, vegetative growth shall also be removed and maintained by the property owner to a distance of one (1) foot beyond each exterior edge of the sidewalk to a clear height of seven (7) feet above the sidewalk. Overhanging vegetation shall be removed to establish a clear height of seven (7) feet. Grass or sod overgrowing the sidewalk surface greater than six (6) inches shall be removed.
Sidewalk Repair and Replacement Program
The Town of Glastonbury Engineering Division inspects public sidewalks on an annual basis for the purpose of identifying sidewalks in need of repair. As there are over 100 miles of sidewalk throughout Town, sidewalks repairs must be prioritized to maximize the limited funds available for this work. Sidewalks with significant structural deficiencies or elevation variations that would present a tripping hazard are eligible for repair or replacement under this program. If there is a section of sidewalk in need of repair or replacement in your neighborhood, please contact the Engineering Division to request information regarding this program.
Miscellaneous Sidewalk Program
The Town also allocates funds on an annual basis for short sidewalk extensions or to fill in sections of sidewalk where gaps exist in the current sidewalk network. The Engineering Division administers the design and construction of new sidewalks under this program. The Engineering Division also maintains a Sidewalk Master Plan map to document existing and proposed sidewalk sections that is available in the Map Library section of this web site.
New sections of sidewalk to be constructed as part of this program are typically identified by Town Staff or by written requests from residents, and proposed projects are reviewed and prioritized by Town Staff. A sidewalk project rating system was implemented in 2008 to evaluate proposed sidewalk sections and assign relative priorities for projects to funded under this program. The criteria used to evaluate potential sidewalk projects is described in the attached document. Each project is rated either a 0 or 1 for each of the criteria, with the project rating determined by the sum total across all criteria. Questions about this program should be directed to the Engineering Division.