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1,500 broken sidewalks on the Hillsborough County repair list

Some residents say they've waited 4 years
Posted at 7:46 PM, May 15, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — How long does it take to repair a dangerous sidewalk in Hillsborough County?  Until now, some of the worst walkways languished for four years.

People who live in Carrollwood Meadows say four years is long enough.

Wanda Tellado showed ABC Action News a log of calls made to Hillsborough County dating back to 2014. She's gone door to door collecting signatures from neighbors about the dangerous sidewalk that borders her yard.

There are 1,500 broken sidewalks waiting for repair in the county’s system. ABC Action New reporter Jackie Callaway took the homeowners’ concerns to Jim Hudock with Hillsborough County Public Works.

The good news — the county upped the budget for sidewalk repairs from $500,000 to $3,000,000 in 2017 reducing the wait time by 3 years.

The county decides who goes first based on security and safety. For instance, a highly lifted sidewalk will be among the first to get repairs.

In Carrollwood Meadows, the county says they'll fix the dangerous strip this fall.

Next, Public Works will send out crews to mark priority areas including the sidewalk in front of the Tellado's home. The county expects to have its entire backlog fixed by next spring.

If you are dealing with a dangerous walkway or sidewalk here’s how to file a report.