Hillsborough County – Hillsborough approves $20 million in funding for sidewalk repairs as part of U.S. bailout

Post May 4, 2022 | 11:49

Hillsborough County, Florida (May 4, 2022) – The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) voted on Wednesday to use $20 million of US bailout funds to repair broken sidewalks across the county.

Hillsborough County Public Works maintains over 3,200 miles of sidewalks with a budget of about $550,000 a year just to complete repairs. The $20 million approved by the BOCC dramatically increases the number of neighborhoods Hillsborough can improve by repairing and replacing broken sidewalks.

Sidewalks are often damaged over the years by tree roots or vehicles, and broken sidewalks can discourage residents from using them. Repairing sidewalks provides many benefits, including increased safety, greater mobility, and healthier communities. By further separating people from traffic, sidewalks also reduce pedestrian injuries, supporting the goals of Vision Zero.

About the Hillsborough County U.S. Bailout Investment Plan

The Hillsborough County U.S. Bailout Investment Plan, approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on September 1, 2021, provides a framework for investing the $285 million in federal fiscal stimulus funds in the County. state and local coronavirus in the community. The funding will support vital projects throughout the county related to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure; public health response; negative economic impacts; and revenue replacement for some government services.

Hillsborough County-funded projects must adhere to guidelines established by the federal government while meeting the county’s unique community needs and reflecting the collective values ​​of the BOCC in meeting the needs of residents. The rehabilitation of sidewalks is one of the programs funded under this plan by the BOCC.

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