The Sidewalk Maintenance Program is designed to bring the City of Janesville’s sidewalk up to current City Standard Specifications. The City of Janesville has established a set of standards for the condition of the sidewalk. Where those standards are not met, the City requires the non-compliant sidewalk sections be brought in compliance.
- Replacement Options for Property Owners
- Payment Options for Property Owners
- Answers to General Frequently Asked Questions
The Annual Sidewalk Maintenance Program is completed concurrently with the Street Rehabilitation Program in an effort to have a completely upgraded street corridor when the construction work is completed. Sidewalks will be inspected and marked in the fall each year for the following year’s Sidewalk Maintenance Program.
Sidewalk Maintenance by Complaint
The City of Janesville also administers sidewalk maintenance based on complaints received. This maintenance process is similar to the Annual Sidewalk Maintenance Program; however, these locations are typically not concurrent with the Street Rehabilitation Program. When a complaint is received, the City will inspect the sidewalk for the entire block on the side of the street in which the complaint was regarding. A sidewalk maintenance complaint can be reported online by clicking here or by calling Engineering at 755-3160.
Sidewalk Maintenance CriteriaThe criteria for marking defective sidewalk is based on evidence of deterioration and potential safety hazards due to concrete being broken, tilted, raised, settled, chipped, or displaced through overall use, freeze and thaw action, or tree root issues. A sidewalk that may appear in good condition on the surface may still need repair if it does not drain properly.
Assessment / Billing Information
State Statues and Janesville City Ordinances require that the sidewalk system be maintained in a safe condition, and they provide that the cost of maintenance be paid by the abutting property owner.
Assessment rates for sidewalk maintenance are based on unit prices bid by the City’s contractor. They include the removal and disposal of existing materials (i.e. sod, topsoil, existing concrete sidewalk, etc.), new topsoil, and grass seeding along the new sidewalk sections.
An assessment/bill will be issued to property owners after sidewalk work is completed. With this assessment/bill, the property owner will be given the opportunity to select their preferred payment option.