Thousands of Columbia sidewalk hazards in most pedestrian-heavy part of the city require repair - |

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Almost 5,000 trip hazards and other obstructions were found across Columbia sidewalks last year. Now the Columbia City Council has to decide who will pay to fix them. . . .

Last year, the Columbia Public Works Department and the Boone County Geographic Information System Department completed an analysis of city properties and five Columbia neighborhoods with high pedestrian use. The surveyors examined sidewalks, driveways, curb ramps, signalized pedestrian crossings and bus shelters for ADA compliance. They found 4,892 obstructions that range from steep slopes to significantly broken sidewalks, according to the presentation.

These obstructions are ranked by Public Works, primarily by level of pedestrian use and use by people with disabilities.