the Chicago Department of Transportation will again administer the SHARED COST SIDEWALK PROGRAM (SCSP).
The SCSP is a popular, voluntary program where property owners and the city of Chicago share the cost of replacing sidewalks. As part of the City's 2019 Budget, an additional $1 million was allocated for this program. Seniors and persons with disabilities may qualify for further discounted rates.
CDT will open the 2019 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program on TUESDAY, JAN. 8TH, 2019 on a first come, first served basis. Applicants can begin calling the City's 311 system or can access the city's service request website: www.cityofchicago.org/311.
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify to receive a 50 percent discount.
The scope of a Shared Cost Sidewalk Program project is limited to sidewalk within the public right-of- way, and may include the main walk, the sidewalk thru a driveway, the existing courtesy walk (which runs perpendicular from the main sidewalk to the curb), and existing landing steps (the small strip of concrete sometimes found adjacent to the curb). Sidewalk on private property will only be included if needed for transition purposes, otherwise it is NOT eligible for replacement under the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. Owners of corner properties will be charged for sidewalk on both the main (address) side and 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.
Replacement of sidewalk is based on engineering considerations. In order to minimize the cost to property owners and increase the number of Shared Cost Sidewalk Program participants, only the portion of sidewalk in need of replacement as determined by CDOT is eligible for the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program pricing. The property owner does have the option to replace the entire sidewalk in front of the property. However, the entire cost to remove and replace the portion of sidewalk determined by CDOT to be in good condition will be charged to the property owner.
•Make sure to specify that you want to participate in the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program.
•If you currently do not have a courtesy walk or landing step and would like one installed, this should
be mentioned at the time of request. Installation is subject to engineering recommendation.
•If you are interested in removal and replacement of the driveway apron, this should be mentioned at
the time of request.
•You must give the property owner’s complete name, a contact phone number, email address if
available, and the property’s complete address. Please note that Shared Cost Sidewalk Program applications that are missing any of this requested information may not be processed.
Once the program budget amount is met, the program will close for the year. Applicants will be notified via U.S. mail indicating whether they have been included into the 2018 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program.
Applicants included in the program will receive a bill in the spring indicating the property owner amount due. Payment in full must be made to the City’s Department of Finance within the timeframe indicated onthe bill in order for work to proceed.
Applications are taken on a first come, first serve basis starting Tuesday, January 8th, 2019: www.cityofchicago.org/311.