CIP# MP 004
Current Status (Updated November 3, 2014)
Inspections for the 2015 Sidewalk Removal and Replacement Program are now complete. Any new requests which meet the city’s criteria for replacement will be placed on the 2016 program. The project will released for bid this winter and a contractor will be selected by the beginning of March 2015. Property owners who have been selected to participate in the program will be notified prior to construction which typically begins in May
Property owners who have been selected and meet low to moderate income guidelines may be eligible to qualify for financial assistance through the Sidewalk Assistance Program. To view the guidelines, click here for the Sidewalk Assistance Program application.
Each year the City of Naperville performs sidewalk maintenance to repair defects within the city sidewalk system. These repairs ensure pedestrian safety as well as reduce liability for the property owner and the city of Naperville.
Sidewalk and curb that meet the replacement criteria are marked with white paint. Substandard sidewalk squares in need of repair or replacement will be designated with a white "X" mark. Pink paint is then used to denote sidewalk and curb that is scheduled to be replaced in this year’s upcoming program. See below to learn more about the criteria for replacement and inspection requests.
Multiple construction crews perform work in the program. Below is a basic outline of how work is performed:
- Crews use a saw to cut the sidewalk to allow for clean removal and to prevent damage to adjacent sidewalk or driveway pavement.
- A second crew removes the sidewalk/curb/driveway apron.
- Another crew installs wood/metal framing to help form the concrete when it is poured.
- A fourth crew pours the concrete and puts the finishing touches on the surface of the concrete. A separate crew will replace the asphalt driveway apron if needed.
- Finally, the sidewalk/curb/driveway apron is backfilled with topsoil and seed by a landscaping crew.
Residents included in this year’s project are notified prior to construction. In addition, residents who will have restricted driveway access are notified 24 hours prior to the driveway being closed.
Residents can apply online to take part in the Sidewalk Removal and Replacement Program.
Residents who do not currently have an account through the city's Citizen Support Center will need to create an account before applying.
Customers who already have a login and password for the Citizen Support Center may proceed directly to the site to apply online.
The City of Naperville repairs and replaces sidewalks on a cost-sharing basis. For residential sidewalks, the city pays 60 percent and the resident pays 40 percent. For non-residential sidewalks, the cost is split 50-50 between the city and property owner.
The deadline to apply for the sidewalk improvement program is October 31 of the previous calendar year. Call (630) 420-6100, Option 4, to apply. A city inspector will evaluate your sidewalk to see if it qualifies. One of the following conditions must exist:
- Walks must be sunken or risen to a height difference of one inch or more between sections (picture);
- Broken or separated into three or more pieces (picture);
- 50 percent or more of the surface deteriorated (picture).
Applicants will be contacted by the city whether their sidewalk is eligible for the program or not. If their sidewalk qualifies, the city will send a letter outlining the program.
In the case of asphalt driveway aprons, the City of Naperville will repair the affected driveway aprons. Asphalt driveways will have an approximately 2' wide patch around the damaged area.
Brick driveways will have only the necessary bricks removed to complete the repairs and will be restored once the sidewalk has been replaced. When driveway access is restricted, the overnight street parking restrictions in the area will be relaxed.
For more information about the Sidewalk Replacement Program, please download the list of Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).
*PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DECORATIVE LANDSCAPING, SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AND BURIED ELECTRONIC FENCE EQUIPMENT MUST BE LOCATED AND CLEARLY MARKED BY THE HOMEOWNER. PROTECTION OF THESE ITEMS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HOMEOWNER. THE CITY OF NAPERVILLE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE TO UNMARKED SYSTEMS.