In August 2009, the City of Missoula adopted a Complete Streets Resolution to increase the usability of all streets for all modes of travel. Sidewalks are an important component of this plan, contributing to safe pedestrian travel. The Draft Master Sidewalk Plan establishes a strategy for the systematic completion, repair and upgrade of the city sidewalk system.
Walking means fewer cars on the road, less air pollution, and provides healthy exercise. To keep our neighbors walking year-round, sidewalk maintenance is essential.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalk adjacent to their property. This includes repairing damaged sidewalks, as well as keep them clear of snow, ice or other impediments for safe and convenient foot travel. Missoula Municipal Code 12.16 details the responsibilities of property owners to maintain their sidewalks.
Pedestrian Safety ◦Everyone is a pedestrian
◦Everyone is entitled to cross the street safely
◦Montana law requires motorists to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
◦A crosswalk exists at every intersection in each direction whether marked or not
Missoula Municipal Code 12.16.030 requires residents to clear sidewalks of snow and ice the day after a snowfall by 9 a.m. If property owners do not clear their sidewalks, the city may have the sidewalks cleared at the property owners' expense.
◦Snow removed from sidewalks or driveways may not be deposited in the road, including bike lanes, parking lanes, and driving lanes.
◦To protect vulnerable new sidewalks, wait two years before applying deicing agents other than sand or other non-corrosive materials.