TAMPA, Fla. — Crews have been working through a lengthy backlog as they slowly repair crumbling sidewalks in Hillsborough County.

What You Need To Know

  • Crews working to repair sidewalks throughout Hillsborough County

  • County officials say there's a backlog of repair projects; they are about 9-10 years behind

  • Part of the reason for the delay is money; commissioners recently approved adding $2 million to the project

For months, workers have been fixing sidewalks in the Town and Country neighhborhood. The repairs include freshening up a portion of Hanley Road near Nesting Place Court.

County officials say they have a long list of projects and they are 9-10 years behind schedule. The delay is partly because of money.

Recently, commissioners approved adding about $2 million to the project. That money was supposed to fund the South County High Speed Ferry. County officials said they want sidewalks to be a proiority instead, especially around schools.

Some residents said they have tripped because of buckling concrete.

"The goal is to make sure those trip and fall hazards are remediated," said Bianca Hatten with Hillsborough County Public Works. "We want to make sure the residents in this area have a safe walking commute."

The sidewalk improvement project on Hanley Road was funded by the American Rescue Plan. The county receive $20 million to spend on projects like repairing sidewalks in underserved communities. The money from the American Rescue Plan must be allocated by the end of 2024.