Sidewalk Replacement Program

The Village of Riverside is fortunate to have a comprehensive network of 47 miles of sidewalks. Over time concrete sidewalks are susceptible to cracking and heaving. As the sidewalks become deteriorated they create safety problems for pedestrians. In order to eliminate these hazardous sections, the Public Works department developed The Sidewalk Replacement Program.

Each year during the spring, the Public Works department evaluates and selects areas needing sidewalk repair. Evaluation is based on the following criteria:
  • High
    • Crack greater than 1/2 inch wide.
    • Crushed squares, cracking throughout the entire surface.
    • Lips 1 1/4 inch or greater (sunk, raised or ramped).
    • Missing whole chunks, large indentations, loose chunks.
    • Spalling over 50% (surface chunks missing, rough).
  • Medium
    • Chipped edges or corners.
    • Crack less than 1/2 inch wide.
    • Lips between 1 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch.
    • Spalling over 25% of the surface.
  • Low
    • Cracking (spiderweb or shrinkage), no separation or displacement.
    • Lips less a 1/2 inch.
    • Minor spalling.

Prioritization


Each year the Village replaces about 300 squares and covers the total cost. Selection is prioritized first by the "Hazard" grade it received during evaluation. The actual replacement is usually done from June through September.

Sidewalk Co-Op Program


Residents do inquire from time to time about a sidewalk co-op (50/50) program. The Village does not offer a co-op program in order to target money to hazardous sections of sidewalk. In the past co-op programs for sidewalks tended to direct money to properties seeking aesthetic improvements, rather than eliminating hazards.


Reporting a Hazardous Sidewalk


If you know of deteriorated and/or hazardous sidewalks the Village encourages residents to report the location immediately. Please report this information to our office at (708)442-3590.