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Dallas approves more than $30 million in contracts to improve sidewalks citywide

The areas for improvement were identified as part of the city’s sidewalk master plan, an initiative developed in 2021.

The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved an almost two-year, nearly $34 million contract with a concrete company to install sidewalks and curb ramps along DART bus routes around the city to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The money comes from $90 million in excess sales tax funds that DART approved giving Dallas last year. The work by Hutchins-based Estrada Concrete Company will cover 12 areas that city officials have identified since at least 2021 as priority spots to fix broken, missing and non-ADA compliant sidewalks. The deal also covers any additional work needed for water and wastewater line adjustments in those areas.


The council also approved a two-year, $4.3 million contract with Chavez Concrete Cutting in Balch Springs for sidewalk improvements in those same areas. That money is a combination that includes general funds, American Rescue Plan money and funds from the 2012 and 2017 bond programs, according to city documents.

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“This item and the next collectively is about $38 million for barrier-free ramps,” said council member Chad West during the Wednesday City Council meeting. “That is a great investment in our accessibility.”

The 12 spots run from near the Dallas border with Carrollton, and the Coit Road and Interstate 635 area in the north to Elam Creek, and the Hampton Road and Illinois Avenue area in the southern half of the city. They were identified as part of the city’s sidewalk master plan, an initiative developed in 2021 when city officials estimated needing $2 billion to repair 50% of Dallas’ broken sidewalks and to fill sidewalk gaps.


Work linked to both construction contracts is estimated to begin in April and be finished by early 2026.