Overview

Local streets are maintained by the Village, However, the repair and replacement of damaged sidewalk slabs are the responsibility of the homeowner or business whose property is adjacent to the sidewalk and the Village. To help with that responsibility, the Village of University Park offers property owners the opportunity to improve sidewalk facilities with the 50/50 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. Through this program, the cost per square foot that is charged to a property owner, is well below what a private contractor typically charges. Senior citizens (65 and over) and persons with disabilities may qualify to receive an additional discount (5%, if verified). The Village's portion of the match will come form the Village's Motor Fuel Tax Revenue. 

The scope of a 50/50 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program project is limited to sidewalks within the public right-of-way, and can include the main sidewalk area, sidewalks overlapping driveways, existing courtesy walk (perpendicular from main sidewalk to curb), and existing landing steps. Sidewalks on private property will only be considered if repair would be needed for transition purposes; otherwise it is NOT considered eligible for replacement under the 50/50 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. Owners of corner properties will be charged for sidewalk portions on both the main address side and the non-address side of the property. However, these property owners can contact the Village and elect to have only one side of the property included in the survey for the program. The Village will continue to build ADA compliant corner ramps, where applicable, with the Village paying the entire cost of these ramps. 

Eligibility

Replacement of sidewalk is based on engineering considerations. In order to minimize the cost to property owners and increase the number of 50/50 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program participants, only the portion of sidewalk in need of replacement (as determined by the Village) is eligible for the Program pricing. The property owner does have the option to replace the entire sidewalk in front of the property, however, the entire cost to remove and replace the portion of sidewalk determined to be in good condition will be charged to the property owner. No senior or persons with disabilities discount will be applied to this additional work. 

Process

To apply, please complete and submit this survey. Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis starting on April 1, 2021 through July 31, 2021. The number of participants is based on availability of funds, sidewalk condition and alignment with the Village's capital improvement plan. While it is the goal of the Village to bring all sidewalks up to a state of good repair, sidewalk repair efforts must be prioritized over more minor repairs in accordance with the Pavement Condition Index (PCI), which is the ASTM standard. Applicants will be notified via U.S mail indicating whether they have been included in the 2020, 50/50 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Ernestine B Beck-Fulgham, Village Manager, at (708) 235-4813.

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* 1. Applicant Information

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* 2. Please describe the current condition of the sidewalk that you would like repaired or replaced.

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* 3. Please estimate the length of the section of sidewalk that needs repair or replacement.

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* 4. Are you requesting the repair or replacement of the sidewalk at this address?

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* 5. Please submit 2-3 photos of the sidewalk with your application at the time of submittal.

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