The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program in Chicago will open to applicants on Wed., Jan. 1.
Property owners can call 311 or sign up online to have damaged main walks, courtesy walks (perpendicular from the main sidewalk to the curb) and catwalks/landing strips (strip of concrete found adjacent to the curb) fixed. The rates for 2014 are $4 per square foot, and senior citizens will get a 50 percent discount.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will check out the area and provide an estimate for the work needed. Payments can then be sent to Chicago's Department of Finance website or paid in person. The cost estimates will be valid for 60 days from the billing date.
Signing up for the sidewalk repairs are on a first-come, first-serve basis. After capacity has been reached, homeowners will have to wait until 2015 to sign up again. Residents who have signed up for the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program in 2013 will have to reapply for 2014, too.
Sidewalk repairs will be completed between April and November in 2014.
If parts of the sidewalk are considered in good repair, the homeowner will be charged 100 percent for the additional costs when the estimate is made. Homeowners who do not currently have a courtesy walk or catwalk/landing strip and would like one installed must specify this in their initial request.
For homeowners with driveways, the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will only be applicable for the area where the sidewalk and driveway meet.
Ramps that meet the requirements for the American Disabilities Act will not be the responsibility of the homeowner.
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