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A man reported his damaged sidewalk to the city. A year later, his wife broke her arm falling on it.

Damaged sidewalk reported year before wife falls
Damaged sidewalk reported year before wife falls
Damaged sidewalk reported year before wife falls
Posted at 8:45 AM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 08:45:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A year ago, Raymond Whyde filed a service request to get a sidewalk outside their east side house fixed. 

His wife Tina tripped on the cracked sidewalk last week, breaking two bones in her arm that required two metal plates and a three-hour surgery. 

"I'm asking that the city take care of our sidewalks and our curbs in our neighborhood," Raymond said. 

A spokesperson with the Department of Public Works said a service request was made for the street near the 1400 block of Grant Avenue in 2017.

DPW uses three criteria when evaluating potential sidewalk projects:

  1. Technical assessment
  2. City-County Councilor input
  3. Public input

The Whydes say they have started the process of filing a personal injury claim with the city. 

"It's the sidewalks that make the area trashy and nobody wants to even come around," Raymond said.

For the time being, they will avoid the sidewalks in front of their house, choosing instead to walk in the street.

You can make a request on the RequestIndy portal here, or by calling the Mayor's Action Center at 317-327-4MAC.

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