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Posted on: July 28, 2017

City Smooths Out Sidewalks

An image of concrete being shaved
Sometimes the beauty of Mill Creek can create challenges that people literally trip over. Such is the case with the tree-lined sidewalks, and thanks to City efforts, people can spend less time looking down and more time looking around.

For Mill Creek’s 34-year history, its trees have been part of the peaceful community. But as trees age and their roots strengthen, they begin to impact the City’s sidewalks.

“Sidewalks lift up over roots, which creates a ridge or a gap,” said Acting Public Works Director Kamal Mahmoud. “Other issues arise as the surface underneath the sidewalks settle and cracks appear, which creates unsafe areas for walking.”

The City is wrapping up a project for this summer to address 60 sites where the sidewalks have become tripping hazards.

“This is known as concrete shaving,” said Mahmoud. “We grind down the ridges of the sidewalk to smooth it out.”

He noted that grinding down the sidewalks enables the City to preserve the trees that are such a hallmark characteristic of the community and provide many benefits.

The concrete shaving work is a regular summer project at the City. Locations included in this year’s work were identified by residents. The Public Works team then did site visits to verify the issues and to mark the hazard areas with orange paint to alert pedestrians. Work was slated to be completed in July and early August by Precision Concrete Cutting.

Concrete shaving in 2017 included areas by the Mill Creek Sports Park, sections along Seattle Hill Road, and the following neighborhoods:
  • Brighton
  • Pine Meadow Park
  • River Crossing
  • The Highlands
  • The Parks
  • Webster’s Pond

While City staff regularly monitor for problem areas that need to be addressed, the community’s help in identifying problem areas is essential. People can submit information about sites in need of repair at
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