If this winter’s harsh weather has done a number on the public sidewalk in front of your house, you might consider signing up for Evanston’s 50/50 sidewalk program.

Here’s how it works:

When you call the city’s 3-1-1 number to express an interest in replacing some slabs that may have cracked or deteriorated, a city staffer will visit the site and mark those slabs you wish to have replaced.

Once they compile a list of sidewalks needing replacement, the city puts the job out for competitive bid. Typically the price comes in at around $140 per slab. If you agree to the price, the city will schedule the work to be done and send you a bill for half the price; the city pays the other half.

The city assumes the total cost for replacement of the key areas of an intersection where the sidewalk extends to the street corner.

The program covers all public sidewalks in the city, including those in front of homes, businesses, churches, and schools.

The work is done during the summer and fall months. City engineers will inspect and approve all replacement work after completion before paying the contractor.

Detailed information about the program is available on the city’s website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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