Helena sidewalk repairs progress after budget allocations

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A city of Helena street division worker uses a concrete grinder to level a sidewalk on North Harris Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Bought for about $5,000, the sidewalk grinder can shave off trip hazards of about an inch or less at a lower cost than replacing the whole section

CAMERON KIA WEIX

The city of Helena is making minor sidewalk repairs ahead of contracting for a “big push” next spring funded by recent city budgeting.

The city allocated a total of around $450,000 to three sidewalk-related programs this fiscal year, including from the city’s streets fund. Amid sizable demand for repairs, the city rolled out a sidewalk grinder last week for smaller fixes on public sidewalks this fall before it requests contractor bids in November and awards a contract in December or January.

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