'Sam' fixes city sidewalks
Sun intern Katherine Smith contributed the following item:
If you live in Baltimore and the pavement in front of your house is beginning to look more like a nature trail than a sidewalk, the city Department of Transportation is offering a way to fix it.
The city has put in place what it calls its “Sidewalk Sam” initiative to fix deteriorated, washed out, cracked or uneven sidewalks. Since its start in 2008, the program has repaired over half a million square feet of the city’s 3,600 miles of sidewalks.
Under the program, anyone who notices a sidewalk problem can report it to the city, which will either fix the pavement or issue a notice of violation to the property owner responsible for covering the cost to fix it.
To report a sidewalk in need of repair, call the Department of Transportation’s Sidewalk and Alley section at (410) 396-6969 or use the city’s 311 system to report the damage. Residents can also e-mail the Department of Transportation at email@example.com.