This week the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved (12-0) a $1.5 million sustainable sidewalk repair pilot program. The program is anticipated to be rolled out at select City facilities this summer. The goal of the program is to begin incorporating alternative, environmentally sustainable products in the City’s long-term effort to repair and maintain our broken sidewalks. The program will assess the installation and lifecycle costs, maintenance requirements, and the durability of the materials used – including, porous and permeable interlocking pavers, post-consumer plastics and materials made from recycled rubber tires, amongst others.
The findings from the pilot program, detailing the performance of the alternative materials, will be brought back to Council on a yearly basis for further evaluation.