2014 Shared Sidewalk Program

In a continuing effort to enhance and maintain the infrastructure of our community, Alderman Waguespack is working diligently to replace dated sidewalks.

*** 2014 Program Opens to New Applicants on January 1, 2014 ***

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular program in which residents share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City.  To participate in the Shared Cost program, please contact Sougata Deb in his office  773.525.6034 or Sougata.Deb@cityofchicago.org.  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications must be submitted no later than January 01, 2014.    All property owners pay the same square-foot cost for new sidewalk: approx. $4 per square foot–well below what a private contractor would charge.

Sustaining sound infrastructure is vital to a community’s health.  By participating in the Shared Cost Program and replacing your sidewalk, you will increase your property appeal and make a significant contribution towards improving our neighborhood.
In previous years, this program has been extremely popular and reaches capacity very quickly. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2014.

Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 3-1-1 system (phone or website).  To learn more, please visit CDOT’s website.
Program Overview found here

Frequently Asked Questions (Full FAQ here)
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is a voluntary program in which owner-occupants and the City of Chicago share the cost of replacing sidewalks.
The scope of a Shared Cost project includes the main walk, the courtesy walk (which runs perpendicular from the main sidewalk to the curb), and existing catwalks/landing steps (the small strip of concrete sometimes found adjacent to the curb). Owner-occupants of corner properties will continue to be charged for both the main (address side) sidewalk and the sidewalk on the non-address side of the property. CDOT will continue to build ADA-compliant corner ramps where applicable, with the city paying the entire cost of the ramps.
For 2014 the unit cost charged to homeowners will be $4 per square foot. Senior citizens and those with disabilities will continue to receive a 50 percent discount. The approximate cost to a homeowner of an average mid-block property will range from $600 to $1,200. Those prices are significantly below what a private contractor would charge. The City can offer that attractive price because of the volume of work we do.

What does the scope of work include?
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program work includes replacing the main sidewalk in front of the property, as well as the courtesy walk (the smaller walkway that runs perpendicular to the main walk, from the main walk to the curb) and existing catwalks/landing steps (the small strip of concrete sometimes found parallel to the curb). Replacement is based on engineering considerations. The scope of the repair work will be determined by CDOT. Replacement of sidewalk found to be in good condition is not eligible for replacement at the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program price.

If you have any additional questions, please contact CDOT at 312-744-1746.