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Indianapolis neighborhood wants sidewalks repaired

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 18:36:51-04

INDIANAPOLIS — What do you do when you've tried for six years to get sidewalks repaired in your neighborhood?

Judy Nicholson, 78, was victimized by the uneven and cracked sidewalks in her neighborhood.

"I fell flat on my face. I had to go to the hospital and got stitches," Nicholson said.

Jeri Mains' 10-year-old son Bryce was also a casualty of a sidewalk that was not aligned the way it is supposed to be.

"He fell in December tripping over this area... busted his knee and ripped holes in his pants," Mains said. "Even though he knows it is there because it's been there forever — kids are kids, and they play, and they get distracted, and they forget about it."

In the video above, Mains is pulling kids in a wagon to show what a rocky trip it is on the neighborhood sidewalks.

The homeowners in the Southern Ridge subdivision are growing more and more frustrated, and they believe their issue deserves attention.

She showed RTV6 emails dating back to 2012 where the Home Owners Association was in communication with the Mayor's Action Center trying to get sidewalks repaired and placed. They have been repeatedly told their sidewalks are a low priority.

The Department of Public Works issued a statement saying the following:

"With an extensive backlog of service requests from across Marion County, many of which represent sidewalks that are much further deteriorated than those that have been reported near this location, it is not certain when our crews may be able to address needs of this priority. The city county councilor for the area rejects that conclusion."

"Pressuring them to get it done is gonna help, we need to continue to call the Mayor's Action line for the residents and continue to help me build my case, and quit pushing this off," Brian Mowery, City-County Councilor, said.

For the record, there is a $1.6 billion need for sidewalks in the city, including repairs.