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Keeping Sidewalks Safe 

The Capital Projects Division of Public Works oversees all curb and sidewalk improvements by The Sidewalk Group. These improvements include both small spot repairs and entire block replacements.

  • Questions?

Call the Sidewalk Group at (816) 513-4701. 

  • Need to report a problem?

Use 311 to report a problem about a sidewalk, curb or driveway

GO KC Sidewalk Program

In August 2017, City Council approved a new sidewalk program to evaluate, repair and replace sidewalks. The goal of the program is the completion of two citywide inspection cycles over the 20 years of the infrastructure bonds program. sidewalk photo

To learn more about the GO KC Sidewalk Program, see the Sidewalk Program FAQs.

Spot Repair Sidewalk Program

Our spot repair sidewalk program was previously supported by assessments on adjoining property owners. Because of the GO Bonds, the City has forgiven any outstanding assessments to help those who will pay the new tax.  

The sidewalk inspection process will begin with construction of a shovel-ready backlog of spot repairs. Entire blocks will be inspected as backlog spot repairs are made to ensure neighbors can safely traverse the block. If a block is identified as needing full sidewalk replacement—not simply a repair—it will be included in the systematic sidewalk program.

  • The KCMO City Council approved the first two contracts for the first round of backlog spot repairs in December 2018. 
  • Many repairs have since been completed or are underway: 
    • 79 blocks of sidewalk and 241 ADA corner ramps were completed in GO KC Year-One (2018)
    • 17 of 89 blocks of sidewalk are completed for GO KC Year-Two (2019)
  • You can also view the current Sidewalk Repair Map to track progress.

New Systematic Sidewalk Inspection Program

Approved by KCMO City Council in August 2017, the Systematic Sidewalk Inspection Program uses a data-driven points system to prioritize inspections. The points system was developed through meetings with Councilman Scott Wagner’s sidewalk working group and other stakeholder groups, and is informed by the success other municipalities have had using a similar process. 

Three design inspection contracts are currently underway to inspect 750 miles of sidewalk across the City in 2019-2020.

Community Engagement

Staff and consultants are conducting public outreach this fall and seeking opportunities to engage with residents to provide information about the sidewalk design inspections and an update on the sidewalk program. Join us at an upcoming meeting or presentation:

Zone 1: Northern City Limits to 20th Street

  • First District Problem Solving on September 3  
  • Historic West Bottoms Association on September 9 
  • Donuts with Councilman Dan Fowler on October 5

Zone 2: 20th Street to 48th Street

  • Public meeting: September 4, 2019
    • Gregg Klice Community Center (1600 John Buck O'Neil Way)
    • 5:30-7 PM 
  • Public meeting: September 9, 2019
    • Brush Creek Community Center (3801 Emanuel Cleaver Blvd)
    • 5:30-7 PM
  • View the presentation from zone 2 public meetings

Zone 3: 48th Street to Southern City Limits

  • Fifth District monthly meeting- October 2019 (details pending)
  • Sixth District monthly meeting-- October 2019 (details pending)

How Inspection Points Are Assigned

  • Schools (8 points)
  • Libraries (8 points)
  • Community Centers (8 points)
  • Hospitals and Safety Net Providers (8 points)
  • Median Household Income (3, 5, 8 points)
  • Transit Stops (3, 5, 8 points)
  • Parks (5 points)
  • Grocery Stores/Markets (5 points)
  • Arterial Streets (5 points)
  • Vehicle Access (3, 4, 5 points)
  • Population Density (1-5 points)
  • Employment Density (1-3 points)
  • Transportation Terminals (1 point)

This map shows how sidewalk inspection is prioritized using data points:

311 Sidewalk Repair Requests

The new inspection process identifies needed repairs so that property owners no longer need to report repair needs. Any concerns about sidewalks, curbs or driveways can still be reported using 311. The sidewalk inspection group notes any requests and includes them in the citywide inspection process. While a 311 request may not generate an immediate inspection or repair, all reports are reviewed and prioritized according the points that are assigned.

Connectivity Gaps in New Sidewalks

It sometimes happens that sidewalks have not yet been constructed in priority areas where they are needed. To speed and streamline the process in such circumstances, projects may be funded at 50% with a 50% match from funds such as: PIAC, adjacent property owners, grants, other government funding districts as approved by the KCMO City Council. New sidewalks in newly developed areas continue to be required under the City’s development code.  The new sidewalk program does not impact that requirement.

About Trees and Sidewalks 

Tree roots routinely damage sidewalks, while sidewalks can inhibit tree health and growth. To ensure that trees and integrity of sidewalks are protected, the KCMO Public Works Department works closely with the City Forester in the Parks and Recreation Department. 

The condition of the trees and mitigation options are carefully considered before any repairs are begun. Additionally, Parks and Recreation has implemented a tree-replanting program, where two new trees are planted for every tree removed in the city right of way. It’s a great way to keep our sidewalks safe and usable, while enhancing the environment for all to enjoy.

Workforce Development Opportunities

KCMO continues to pursue opportunities through SLBE and is developing a new local workforce apprenticeship program for sidewalk projects. If you’d like to learn more about this program, please contact the Sidewalk Group at 816-513-4701.

Program Contacts:

Maggie Green
Public Information Officer
Public Works Department
Phone: (816) 513-2612

Uday Manepalli
Sidewalk Program Manager
Public Works Department
Phone: (816) 513-4711

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