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Sidewalk Design, Evaluation and Management: Maintaining Infrastructure and Reducing Liability Risk

1.5 Professional Development Hours

After Participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand key sidewalk and recreational trail performance features and how to build them to last
  • Identify best construction practices to ensure high quality construction
  • Use methods and means to complete condition assessments of sidewalk and recreational trails to effectively manage the infrastructure
  • Identify and use effective techniques to preserve the condition of the assets
  • Minimize liability due to trip and slip hazards

Sidewalks and recreational trails are intended to provide a safe and durable surface for the public. The primary surface material for urban sidewalks has traditionally been concrete with recreational trails traditionally surfaced with hot mix asphalt. However, there is significant pressure in urban areas to provide “enhanced” treatments including interlocking, bricks, granite setts, stamped and coloured concrete and recycled products. 

Municipalities are faced with challenges on how to evaluate, approve and maintain these products. How can each be constructed and maintained in a cost-effective manner? How do I determine when to “fix” something? What is involved? What are the long-term costs to maintain this infrastructure? How to do I build and maintain sidewalks and trails to be compliant with codes such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act?

Course Outline

This course covers:

  • Functions of sidewalks and recreational trails
  • All surface types and their function
  • Key design features to ensure long life
  • Proper construction and maintenance techniques
  • Design, construction and life-cycle costs
  • Methods of maintenance and preservation
  • What to concentrate on to ensure maximum life
  • Methods to evaluate the effectiveness of new products
  • Condition inspection and monitoring procedures
  • Sidewalk management

Who Should Attend

  • Engineering and technical staff involved in construction and maintenance
  • Consultants and contractors designing and constructing infrastructure
  • Asset management and operations staff
  • Personnel involved in the maintenance of sidewalks and recreational trails
  • Inspection and testing staff
Course Rating
4.3 out of 5

Overall rating of this course by its previous attendees!


This course is currently scheduled on the following date. Click to learn even more details about this offering.

Online, 11/2/2023


Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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