The City of Evanston’s annual sidewalk sale, whereby you can replace those cracked slabs in front of your house at half price, is signing up participants now.

Technically, it’s called the 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program, and the deadline for signing up for this summer is May 12.

Although streets are maintained by the city, repair and replacement of damaged sidewalk slabs are the responsibility of the homeowner or business whose property is adjacent to the sidewalk.

Through the 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program, the city pays half the cost of replacing the eligible sidewalk and the property owner pays the remaining half. 

A typical 26.5 square foot sidewalk slab costs $192.13, of which half ($96.06) will be invoiced to the property owner.

All public sidewalks in the city, including those in front of homes, businesses, faith organizations, and schools, are eligible for the program.

Information on how to participate is available on the city’s website.

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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