Damaged sidewalks in San Antonio continue to frustrate neighborhood

Some residents in a San Antonio neighborhood just south of downtown are desperate for a sidewalk solution.

You might want to brace yourself when taking a walk down Hammond Avenue, because the stroll will be unpredictable.

“I've actually had a couple of neighbors talk and they don't bring their kids down this street anymore,” said Sonia Clark, a four-year resident on Hammond Ave. “A couple of them have had the kids fall, so they just don't come down this street anymore."

Clark says that she's never even had a sidewalk at the end of her driveway. Instead, the city street seemed to swallow it, then it sunk, causing a shallow floods near her house when it rains.

“The water will head down this way and collect, and then we have a large river that goes to the back of the property,” she described. “If it's city property, they should help us out in getting it leveled.”

But residents say that their pleas to the city have gone unanswered.

KENS 5 talked to the assistant director in charge of streets at transportation and capital Improvements, Anthony Chukwudolue. He said he’s been out there before, himself.

“It's quite difficult for someone who lives next to that, and I can emphasize,” he said.  

He assured us that the city is well aware of the problem, but funding for sidewalk repair is limited. In fact, he says that there are 2,000 miles worth of missing sidewalks across San Antonio.

District 3, which includes Hammond Ave., has the most sidewalk gaps in the city.

Chukwudolue said that the city prioritizes streets that have no sidewalks at all over those that need repairing. He also noted that this year, $21 million will be put into sidewalk investments, which includes building new sidewalks and repairing old ones.

As far as the issues on Hammond, no word on when they will be fixed, but Chukwudolue said that the area is a priority.

© 2017 KENS-TV


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