Morse Road sidewalks degrade in just 2 years
City, contractors to share $100,000 cost
Sunday, August 17, 2008 3:28 AM
By Elizabeth Gibson
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Columbus and contractors are splitting an estimated $100,000 bill to rip up 20,000 square feet of sidewalk laid along Morse Road less than two years ago.
It is unclear whether shoddy construction, city specifications or weather has caused a quarter of the sidewalks between Indianola Avenue and Karl Road to chip.
“It was a significant enough section to cause us to take pause and look into what happened,” Columbus Public Service Department spokeswoman Mary Carran Webster said.
The city had expected the sidewalks to last 40 years, she said. They were part of the $9.3 million first phase of the Morse Road beautification project.
Complete General Construction, 1221 E. 5th Ave., started replacing the sidewalks with higher-quality concrete last week and plans to finish late this week.