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How to Share Sidewalk Costs

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on January 9   |   Updated on September 1
In the foreground of the image is a sidewalk closed sign. In the background is a construction worker using a jackhammer

Sidewalk closed sign in Chicago. (Getty)

Applications for the city’s sidewalk cost-sharing program are live: Property owners can get their sidewalks repaired at a lower price tag by teaming up with the city.

Here’s what to know and why you should apply *checks watch* now.

What is included?
Sidewalks within the public right-of-way: main walk, sidewalk through a driveway, and existing courtesy walk and land steps. (See some sample diagrams.)

How much will it cost you?
About $600 to $1,500 for the average mid-block property owner, “significantly below” what a private contractor charges, according to the city.

How do you apply?
Through 311 — call, visit the website, or download the app. But you should apply ASAP: The program is uber popular and applications have even closed within 10 hours of opening in the past, according to Patch.

What else should I know?
Owners who are seniors or who have disabilities could get 50% off.

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