Sidewalk Problems in Los Angeles

If you drive or walk around the country, you will see an infrastructure that is sadly crumbling, and desperately in need of repair. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the city of Los Angeles.

In fact, in a 2014 New York Times article it was estimated that it would cost $1.5 billion to repair the dilapidating sidewalks of Los Angeles. While the city would like to be able to fix the problem, the previous recession and strict voter restrictions on tax increases, has made it almost impossible for the government to keep up with repairs, or to even raise the funds needed to address the crumbling infrastructure.

Adding insult to injury are the numerous lawsuits Los Angeles is now facing as a result of the dangerous broken sidewalks, which are impossible for people with disabilities to navigate, and have resulted in an increase in accident claims from many pedestrian falls.

What Causes Sidewalks to Crack & Buckle

Long-term neglect is definitely a main reason why Los Angeles sidewalks have become so badly cracked and buckled. However, the underlying problem starts when the trees planted around or near the sidewalks begin to grow, and the roots expand. This growth and expansion displaces the sidewalks and slowly begins to cause cracks, and eventual buckling or disintegration.

Another cause of sidewalk destruction and disruption is a change in the soil. In L.A. this can be caused by seismic activity or settlement, due to changes in temperature of the soil, ineffective drainage, earthquakes, or even drought. Over time, soil can move or settle into a different place, which in turn loosens the sidewalk’s foundation and causes cracks to occur.

The Dangers of Broken Sidewalks

Once your sidewalks begin to crack, buckle or disintegrate, they not only become an eyesore to your business, but they also become a danger to yourself, your employees, and the public at large. If you fail to fix your crumbling sidewalks, you may be leaving yourself vulnerable to a lawsuit. Just think what might happen if someone falls and injures themselves, you could be liable for their medical bills. As mentioned above, this is occurring all over Los Angeles.

Fortunately, there is a solution with Foundation Technology’s polyurethane foam concrete leveling. This unique technology helps to eliminate your sidewalk hazards with a non-disruptive, Eco-friendly, and super fast, three-step process. And with the option of same day repairs, Foundation Technology experts can drill, pump, and patch your sidewalks back into place, so they are safe and secure once again.