Downtown sidewalk break still a problem
The sidewalk on the south side of the 100 block of Yosemite is still surrounded by caution tape and barricades. However, with the Old Timers Day Parade, a possible downtown children’s Halloween parade, the annual holiday lighted vehicle parade and Christmas shoppers, the sidewalks will become very crowded.
It has been more than 11 months since the cement caved in when a basement beam supporting the sidewalk broke. Around 5 p.m. Oct. 21, a 15-year-old girl was walking and with what turned out to be a misstep the sidewalk suddenly collapsed beneath her and she plummeted into the basement of the Discount Warehouse store at 126 E. Yosemite. She was taken by ambulance to Madera Community Hospital, but fortunately was released with only minor cuts and bruises.
Immediately afterwards, local architect Ron Daggett was contacted by the property owner. Within days Daggett was drawing up plans for the repair of the sidewalk.
Because the sidewalk is the responsibility of Caltrans, Daggett had to submit five copies of the repair plans to the State of California for its approval. He sent the designs to the state Jan. 30...