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The Sidewalk Team, under the Capital Projects Division of Public Works oversees all curb and sidewalk improvements. These improvements include ADA curb ramps, small spot repairs, sidewalk inspections and entire block replacements.

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GO KC Sidewalk Program

In August 2017, City Council approved a new sidewalk program to evaluate, inspect, repair and replace sidewalks. The Sidewalk Program receives roughly $7.5 million from GO Bonds each year to work on:

  1. ADA corners and ramps, per federal regulations from the American Disability Act
  2. Sidewalk spot repair of the 311 backlog-- this is a long list of 311 sidewalk requests from 2008-2016 that we anticipate completing in 2023.
  3. Citywide sidewalk design inspections to inventory conditions of sidewalks across KCMO

To learn more about the GO KC Sidewalk Program, view the Sidewalk Program FAQs or watch our sidewalk program video:

Sidewalk Spot Repair (311 Backlog)

Our spot repair program was previously supported by assessments on adjoining property owners. Because of the GO Bonds, KCMO forgave any outstanding assessments and will no longer assess home owners for sidewalk repair. 

The sidewalk process began with repairs of the existing sidewalk backlog. This is a long list of 311 requests from 2008-2016 which we anticipate will be completed in 2023. Entire blocks will be inspected as backlog spot repairs are made to ensure neighbors can safely traverse the block.

Sidewalk Design Inspections

Approved by KCMO City Council in August 2017, the Systematic Sidewalk Inspection Program uses a data-driven points system to prioritize inspections and inventory the condition of sidewalks across KCMO. 

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

Sidewalk Inspection Priority Map 

This map shows the priorty system for sidewalk inspections:

Community Engagement

Staff and consultants conducted public outreach at over 15 different meetings in fall 2019 to engage with residents, provide information about the sidewalk design inspections and an update on the sidewalk program.

Zone 1: Northern City Limits to 20th Street, View the presentation 

Zone 2: 20th Street to 48th Street, View the presentation

Zone 3: 48th Street to Southern City Limits, View the presentation 

311 Sidewalk Repair Requests

  • The sidewalk inspection process identifies sidewalk condition and repair needs, so property owners no longer need to report repairs.
  • However, any concerns about sidewalks, curbs or driveways can still be reported to 311. This does not result in an automatic repair!
  • While a 311 request may not generate an immediate inspection or repair, all reports are reviewed and included in the citywide sidewalk inspection cycle.

Connectivity Gaps in Sidewalks

Some neighborhoods have gaps or streets where sidewalks do not exist.

To streamline the process, sidewalk projects in these areas may be funded up to 50% with GO Bonds with a 50% match from other 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 are still required under the City’s development code. The new sidewalk program does not impact that requirement.

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, Public Works 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. Additionally, Parks and Recreation has a tree-replanting program, where two new trees are planted for every tree removed in KCMO right of way.

Program Contacts:

Uday Manepalli
Sidewalk Program Manager
Public Works Department
Phone: (816) 914-8775

Maggie Green
Public Information Officer
Public Works Department

For more information, please call the Public Works Main Line at:

Phone: (816) 513-9970 or Email: pubworks@kcmo.org 

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