Sidewalk Repair Program 2018

Current Program: People-Powered Transportation Program (PPTP)

Each year, sidewalk repairs are done by the city. These repairs are done at no direct charge to our residents, businesses, and property owners. Repairs are done in a specified section of the city and include safety repairs, new signage, and pavement markings. These improvements are done in conformance with the City's People Powered Transportation and Sidewalk Repair Program (PPTP), which began in the summer of 2015.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will I be charged anything for the sidewalk repairs?

    NO! – Unlike previous sidewalk repair programs, there will be no special assessments and no direct cost to you. The program will be paid for with existing City funds and you will not be assessed any additional amount.
  2. Do I need to do anything further?

    NO! A City contractor will be doing all the work.
  3. How long will the work take?

    Typically, construction will take 1 week at a given location.
  4. Will I be able to drive into my driveway?

    The only time there will be driveway closures is if a sidewalk square that needs to be replaced is within a driveway. The contractor or City inspector will be in direct contact with you prior to closing a driveway. Barriers will be placed at drives to prevent vehicles from damaging new concrete. Parking will be in the street in permitted areas. When the contractor or inspector removes the barriers you may use the driveway.
  5. Will the Contractor restore my lawn?

    YES! The contractor will restore the areas disturbed by construction, including backfill, topsoil, seed and mulch. Please note: While the contractor finishes concrete work in the project area, there may be a delay between completion of concrete work at a given location and final restoration, but they will restore all disturbed areas.
  6. I have a lawn sprinkler system – Will it get damaged?

    The contractor will try to avoid damaging in-ground irrigation systems. However, if it does get damaged, they will fix it at no expense to you. If you have a system with sprinkler heads that are close to the sidewalk, you may wish to mark them with a small flag or marker so they are more visible.
  7. Can I ask the contractor to do more concrete work for me on my own property (new driveway, etc.)?

    YES! Each year we receive numerous inquiries as to whether property owners can have additional concrete work done at the time of sidewalk replacement.  Our contractor may be willing to do additional work for property owners.  This work, which requires a separate permit, would be contractual between you and the contractor and can not be a part of the City program.  If you desire to have additional work done please contact the contractor directly when work starts in your area.  
  8. Can I do the work myself?

    While unlikely, if you wish to do the public sidewalk work yourself or have a contractor do it for you, you may do so at your expense; however, the City will not reimburse you for any work done. In addition, if you elect to repair the sidewalk yourself or hire a contractor to do so, all work and materials must meet the City’s sidewalk specifications.  If you or your contractor do the work a permit and inspection is required prior to the pour.  There is no permit fee for up to five squares of walk.  For over five squares the permit fee is ninety-five dollars ($95.00). If the walk is not replaced prior to the City’s contractor arriving to complete the work, it will be done by the City’s contractor.  Please note that sidewalk repairs must be through complete slab replacement. Temporary repairs such as caulking, ramping, wedging, grinding or hydraulic jacking are not permitted.
  9. Just double-checking – There is NO special assessment or bill for the repair work – Right?

    CORRECT! You will not be billed for the sidewalk repair work and there is no special assessment.
  10. Who can I call if I have any more questions?

    Community Development Department: 248-583-0831
  1. New PPTP Program
  2. Historical Background
  3. City Code
  4. Maps and Documents

In 2014, City Council adopted a new People Powered Transportation & Sidewalk Repair Program, available here:

Policy and map (pdf)

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