Parkersburg to offer sidewalk replacement program

PARKERSBURG – The city of Parkersburg is bringing back a program that helps area residents get sidewalks replaced at a reduced cost.

The program allows residents to purchase the materials to replace sidewalks in front of their residences, while the city provides labor for the work.

The program was discontinued a few years ago due to economic issues, but city council on Tuesday approved nearly $55,000 for the program, which will begin this summer.

Mayor Bob Newell said the program is for residential sidewalk replacements only. It does not include sidewalk repairs or creation of new sidewalks.

Residents wishing to apply should go to the fourth floor of the Parkersburg Municipal Building in downtown Parkersburg and pick up an application at the City Engineering and Public Works department.

Newell said after the application is processed, the sidewalk can be measured and a quote given to the resident.

“It helps us to calculate how much a particular stretch of sidewalk will cost,” he said. “We won’t collect the money until we are ready to do that area, but we do collect before work begins.”

Newell said as of this weekend the city is seeking four summer workers for the program. Newell said the city is particularly interested in people with experience as concrete finishers.

“Last time we had a good, professional crew we put together, and they were able to do their work quickly and efficiently,” he said.

Newell said he did not have an exact count on how many sidewalks were replaced the last time the city did this program, but he said the city had more applicants for work that it could approve. Those wanting their sidewalks replaced this season should apply sooner rather than later, he said.