Sidewalks are an important part of Highland’s small community atmosphere. The 27 miles of walks are conducive to walking day or night.
In 1999, the Department of Public Works started an aggressive replacement program to upgrade existing sidewalks and bring access to them within American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. Approximately 60% of the existing sidewalks have been replaced at a cost of nearly $1 million.
Contracts are typically awarded each year to replace full block spans of walks using Motor Fuel Tax funds. The number of blocks is determined by available funds. Full spans include removing and replacing existing concrete sidewalks for an entire block and bringing walk entrances into A.D.A. compliance with handicap ramps. Courtesy walks (extending perpendicular from the main walk to the curb) are replaced with a uniform concrete walk constructed to city standards.