The Borough of Park Ridge NJ REQUIRES all homeowners to fix their sidewalks! See below.
Chapter 86 Section 11 (ecode360.com)
“The owner or owners of the lands fronting or bordering on any of the streets, highways and avenues of the Borough of Park Ridge, when required by a separate ordinance passed by the Council of the Borough of Park Ridge, and when proper notice and procedure, as prescribed in N.J.S.A. 40:65-1 et seq., is given, shall construct, reconstruct, pave, repave, curb, recurb, improve and repair at his, her or their own proper costs and expense the sidewalks and curbs of the streets, highways and avenues; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to affect any owner or owners of land fronting or bordering on any of the streets, highways or avenues whose sidewalks and curbs on any said streets, highways or avenues are now in good repair and construction, at the established grade and paved in accordance herewith.”
Sidewalk repair in addition to maintenance in the State of New Jersey is the responsibility of the abutting house owner. Many property proprietors are not aware of this ordinance and they assume that their city or state is responsible for repairing defective sidewalks. In most cases, the property owner will hire contractors to make the repair or their city will employ the work but will charge the home owner for 100% of the repair cost. In 2012, the borough of Highland Park in New Jersey launched a program that demanded property proprietors to preserve broken sidewalks adjacent to their homes. Your city or borough can be next!
A lawsuit waiting to happen…
Estate owners in Park Ridge are liable for preserving the sidewalks adjacent to their property. When they fail to effectively maintain their sidewalks, they become liable for the injuries that pedestrians experience. These pedestrians that injure themselves because of your broken sidewalk have the legal right to sue you since you are the home owner. There are also many lawyers that love to follow through with these kinds of premise liability cases, which will amount to a lot of money down the road. Thousands of estate owners in the State of New Jersey have been taken to court because of their neglect or the lack of understanding in regards to sidewalks and responsibility.
Your city or borough can also send you a notice demanding you to re-construct your sidewalk. Failure to agree within a certain time frame will result in fines and penalties. Spare yourself a lawsuit and fines by contacting a sidewalk repair company today!
Types of Sidewalk Defects
There are many types of defective sidewalks that can prove dangerous for Park Ridge pedestrians.
- Tree roots: When sidewalks go too long without repair, tree roots may cause them to become uneven.
- Collapsed sidewalks: Severely damaged sidewalks may have large parts caved in or separated from the rest of the walkway. This type of a situation certainly poses a serious fall hazard.
- Trip hazards: It is easy to trip and fall on large cracks that cut across poorly maintained sidewalks.
- Improper slope: Uneven sidewalks may have large portions that do not line up with the rest of the walkway.
- Patchwork: In an effort to save money on repairs, it is common to see inadequate patchwork jobs on specific locations that make the sidewalk surface uneven.
- Missing cobblestones and bricks: It is necessary to properly maintain walkways that are not made from concrete to ensure the safety of pedestrians.
Park Ridge NJ Sidewalk Repair Contractors
Employing a contractor to fix your broken sidewalk is the best way to avert any lawsuits or fines from your city. HOLESSolutions, a Clifton based infrastructure repair company, focuses on sidewalk repair. With plenty of crews working all over Northern New Jersey, HOLESSolutions is capable of fixing your sidewalk within a few hours which in turn will minimize liability and refine the look of your house’s aesthetics immensely. Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, you can dial 973-779-4653 to get your sidewalk repaired professionally!