Last August Billy Branch of El Sereno set up a Facebook page as part of his one-man campaign to get a buckled and broken section of sidewalk on Cudahy Street near Locke Avenue fixed up. After Branch was contacted by a representative from Councilman Jose Huizar’s office, city engineers came out to take a look at the problem and come up with a solution. Several weeks later, city crews came to repair the concrete sidewalk, which serves as one of the paths to nearby El Sereno Elementary, with a strip of asphalt. Why asphalt instead of concrete?
Julio Torres, Huizar’s El Sereno field deputy, explained via email:
Concrete is more expensive so the choice was asphalt for this repair but kept some concrete foundation. Asphalt is also easier to repair unlike concrete. An ADA ramp was also installed. More dirt was trucked in to pack and support the buckling sidewalk.