The Sidewalk Group is part of the Capital Projects Division of Public Works and oversees all curb and sidewalk improvements. These improvements include both small spot repairs and entire block replacements. If you have questions about the following information, please contact the Sidewalk Group at 816-513-4701. If you want to report a problem about a sidewalk, curb or driveway, contact 311.
Replacing Existing Sidewalks
The city is creating a program to systematically evaluate, repair and replace sidewalks. The goal is to make it through two citywide cycles over the 20 years of the infrastructure bonds program, approved by Kansas City voters on April 4th, 2017.
The systematic inspection will create priority lists for inspection based on several factors, including:
- Public safety
- Improving access to schools, public transportation, parks, grocery stores and hospitals
- Improving access to business and job centers
- Population density
- Low income and economically distressed areas
Spot Repair Sidewalk Program
Before the passage of the GO Bonds, our spot repair sidewalk program was paid for by assessments on adjoining property owners. To streamline our operation, and in fairness to those who will pay the new tax, the City will forgive current assessments.
When residents see sidewalks that need repair, they can report those locations to the city, and the locations will be inspected and prioritized for repair using the factors listed above.
As new sidewalk needs are identified, the City will pay for 50% of new construction from this fund. The remaining 50% can be paid for by another source including PIAC, homeowners or other sources as identified and appropriate.
New sidewalks in newly developed areas will continue to be required under the City’s development code. This program will not impact that requirement.
Please return to this page for updates as the City defines the new systematic sidewalk repair program.