803 - Concrete Sidewalk, Ramps, and Steps

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Concrete Sidewalk, Ramps, and Steps

Federal-aid Essentials Update - ADA Requirements for Resurfacing Projects


The base for sidewalk and ramps should be trimmed to grade and be firm and uniform. Check the elevation to ensure surface water will drain over the curb unless otherwise specified on the plans. The sidewalk should slope toward the street at rate not to exceed 2 percent . Either fixed form or slipform methods may be used to place concrete. Details of sidewalk ramps are shown on the Standard Plan R-28 series.

Sidewalks are usually 4 inches thick, except all driveways where the thickness will be increased as shown on the plans. Refer to the Standard Plan R-29 Series and Section 801 of this manual for more details.

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The concrete should be struck off, spaded along any fixed forms and floated to a smooth surface.

The surface of sidewalks and steps shall be broomed to roughen the surface slightly. The surface of sidewalk ramps should be textured with a coarse broom perpendicular to the slope of the ramp.

All concrete should be coated with a white membrane curing compound at the rate of 1 gallon per 25 square yards.

After concrete has gained sufficient strength, the forms shall be removed and the edges backfilled and compacted to within 1 inch of the sidewalk surface and left in a neat condition.

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The sidewalk should be jointed into 16 to 36 square foot areas as detailed on the Standard Plans R-29 Series. Expansion joint locations are also shown here.

Joints may be sawed or formed. Usually a groover and edger will be used to form joints in the plastic concrete. See Figure 802-1 for examples of hand tools commonly used. These joints must be cut to at least 1/4 of the thickness of the concrete to control cracking. A straightedge should be placed across the walk to guide the edger so that a straight joint is constructed.

All edges and joints should be rounded with an approved finishing tool.

Figure 802-1 - Curb and Gutter Hand Tools

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Measurement and payment for sidewalks and ramps is on a square foot basis of the thickness specified. Measurement and payment for steps is on a cubic yard basis.

Measurement and Payment

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