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Sidewalk Grinding FAQs

About Sidewalk Grinding

The City of Orlando’s Streets and Stormwater Division often grinds sections of sidewalks that have become lifted, cracked or uneven.  These uneven and cracked sections occur for many reasons.  One of the main causes is tree roots.  These sections of sidewalks, if not ground down, pose safety concerns to the public and can lead to trips and falls.

Sidewalk grinding often leaves a white finish where the top layer of concrete has been removed which allows you to see the stones (aggregate) in the sidewalk section.

Common FAQs

Why does the City grind sidewalks?

To enhance the safety and reliability of our sidewalk system, the City will grind sidewalks to prevent trip and falls.

Where does sidewalk grinding occur?

Sidewalk grinding occurs citywide.

Will the white marks on the sidewalk be permanent?

The exposed aggregate, which is what appears to be white, weathers and blends in with the surrounding concrete surfaces to become less noticeable over time.

Why doesn’t the City remove and replace sidewalk panels instead of grinding them?

Removing and replacing sidewalk panels is much more costly than grinding sidewalks. Due to the volume of sidewalks that are being ground, it would not be cost effective to remove and replace sidewalk panels each time this is needed.

Why aren’t these cracks and uneven
portions patched, rather than ground?

Patches to sidewalks are not a lasting repair.  Patches often peel off, exposing the original issue and also pose a trip hazard.

How do I report areas of sidewalk that need maintenance?

Report street and sidewalk issues at cityoforlando.net/streetsidewalkrepair.