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Driveways / Sidewalks

The construction of sidewalks, driveways, curbs and gutters shall be of concrete designed for 2,500 psi compressive strength at 28 days. Aggregate shall be less than one and a half inch (1 ½”) in size.

 

Minimum thickness of the sidewalk will be four inches (4”). The portion of walks subject to traffic shall be six (6”) inches thick. The top of sidewalk should be at the same elevation as the top of curb. One-half inch (1/2”) premoulded expansion joints shall be placed every thirty (30) feet or less and where walks abut curbs or other crosswalks and at the end of curb radii. ADA ramps are required at all corners / intersections. Contact the Building Inspector for strict details. In walks dummy or marked joints one-half inch (1 ½”) deep will be placed at intervals equal to the walk width but not to exceed six feet (6’). Other means of constructing the joint to control cracking may be approved. After a float or rub finish all edges and joints shall be finished with an edging tool. An approved method of curing may be applied. The materials and construction shall be subject to approval of the city representative.

 

Driveways shall not allow water run-off to erode soil or wash it into the gutters, nor shall it allow water to run from the gutter / street onto private property.  Minimum thickness of the driveway shall be four (4”) inches. The portion of driveway found in city right of way, subject to the most traffic shall be six inches (6”) thick. Fiber-mesh, wire-mesh or rebar grid is required for these areas of driveway. Various means of constructing joints to control cracking may be used, the same method used for the sidewalks is highly recommended. After a float or rub finish all edges and joints shall be finished with an edging tool. An approved method of curing may be applied. Driveways extending wider than eighteen feet (18‘) at curb-line must receive approval form the Building Inspector or a City Director.

 

In general the minimum curb and gutter shall be of six inches thick (6”) concrete, shall have a twenty-four inch (24”) base width, shall have a six-inch curb height from the gutter with radii and other details in accordance with city standards. Dummy joints shall be made in curb and gutter by cutting the initially set concrete about one and a half inch (1 ½”) deep along joint lines placed at six (6’) to ten (10’) foot intervals. Other means of constructing the joint to control cracking may be approved. After a float or rub finish all edges and joints shall be finished with an edging tool. An approved method of curing shall be applied.  Curb and gutter for the commercial district and special uses shall conform to the city standards or approved design. Curb and gutter hand troweling forms are obtainable at City Hall with a deposit, fully refundable upon their return in good condition.

 

A permit is required for cutting, defacing or removal of sidewalks, curbs or gutters.

  • It shall be unlawful for any person to cut, mar, deface, or remove any curb or gutter within the corporate city limits without a permit.
  • Any person desiring to cut and/or remove any curb or gutter shall only do so by written permission.

Contact the Building Inspector or a Director of Community Services for future specifications and details.

 

Sidewalks and Driveways located within your properline and that meet all of the following exceptions do not require permitting.

  • The sidewalk and/or driveway is not over 30" above grade.
  • The sidewalk and/or driveway is not over any basement or story below.
  • The sidewalk and/or driveway is not part of an accessible route (i.e. Front and back porch).
  • The sidewalk and/or driveway is not over any portion of a gas line.